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#Team999 campaign launches in Carlisle

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A campaign will be launched in Carlisle to help people understand more about what happens when they call 999.

The North West Ambulance Service's hashtag Team999 campaign is focusing on how the emergency services have developed to meet the needs of patients in rural communities.

Since 2006 emergency 999 calls in Cumbria have increased by 10%.


Campaign to protect Stickle Tarn goes to Parliament

Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border News

The plight of Stickle Tarn in the Lake District will be heard in Parliament.

Westmoreland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has tabled a parliamentary motion. He wants to stop the Lake District National Park Authority from selling the tarn.

“There is still time for the National Park to drop this plan to sell Stickle Tarn. No matter the assurances they secure or offer – for me it’s the principle of the matter. When I voted against the government on the selloff of our forests, it was because I believedthat we should not sell the family silver. The same principle applies to Stickle Tarn.

“I will keep making the case that it should not be sold off, but I am also working with local community groups and campaigners to try and put together an 11th hour bid to keep the tarn where it belongs, in the people’s hands.”

– MP Tim Farron

First class stamp for Cumbrian bridges

Royal Mail first and second class stamps Credit: PA

Two of Cumbria's most dramatic bridges are being celebrated in a new set of stamps launched by Royal Mail.

Row Bridge in the Lake District and the Royal Border Bridge over the River Tweed are part of the Royal Mail celebrating British engineering in a special collection.

Ten bridges feature in the total edition of first-class stamps, while a special postmark will be issued today.

"The story of Britain's engineering genius can be found in its bridges. These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history."

– Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail


Ashcroft Poll: 'Bad news for Scottish Labour, but great news for the Tories'

Commenting on the latest polls by Lord Ashcroft, Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy has said "David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls".

There is no gloss that can be put on these polls. This is bad news for Scottish Labour but great news for the Tories.

David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls, because any seat the SNP take from Scottish Labour makes it more likely the Tories will be the largest party across the UK.

We can’t let David Cameron back into Downing Street by the back door. That would be a disaster for Scotland, but it looks like that is what might happen if these polls in Scotland are repeated on election day."

– Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy
Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Jim Murphy Credit: PA Wire

But the Scottish Conservatives say this poll shows that their "are now in a real fight across Scotland".

A spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives has said:

With the Liberal Democrat vote having collapsed completely, we offer Scots the opportunity to unite around a plan to finish the job of economic recovery and to secure Scotland’s place in the UK – any other vote will let Ed Miliband into Downing Street, with Alex Salmond calling the shots.

That’s the message we will be delivering before May. We know that more and more Scots are backing that plan.”

– Scottish Conservatives spokesperson
Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson Credit: PA Wire

The Scottish National Party's General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP has said the polls "are very encouraging", but that they aren't taking a single seat or vote for granted in May".

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