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Local MP's greet budget news for Cumbria

Rory Stewart and John Stevenson MP took to Twitter to express their joy at the 2016 Budget plans for Cumbria.

In yesterday's 2016 Budget announcement, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed a £700million boost to funding flood defences across flood-hit regions including Cumbria as well as upgrade plans for the A66 and A69.

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The region's MPs react to the 2016 Budget

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New taxes could hit Cumbrian economy in 2016 Budget

Credit: PA

Chancellor George Osborne is preparing to deliver his 2016 Budget later this morning.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Chancellor not to introduce new taxes on businesses.

The organisation says new taxes would hit business investment and economic growth in Cumbria and should be ruled out until the next General Election.

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National tourism campaign launches in Cumbria

A campaign to bring more people to the Lake District is already under way. Credit: Visit England

A national tourism campaign is being launched in Cumbria today.

The chairman of Visit England will take to the skies above the Eden Valley in a gyroplane and fly over some of the area's landmarks including Brougham Castle to launch English Tourism Week.

Tourists contribute more than £275 million to Eden's economy each year.

£480k boost for Eyemouth food factory

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead inspects Eyemouth Freezers Ltd Credit: ITV Border

A food factory in Eyemouth has welcomes a £480k cash injection from the Scottish Government meaning the company can expand and buy new equipment.

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead made the announcement at Eyemouth Freezers Ltd as part of a £3.7m wider investment in 12 Scottish food and drinks companies.

"This award is a tremendous boost for the business. It will enable us to provide a secure foundation for the company's future, for the development of vining pea crop in the Borders and for our employees' prospects."

– Peter Straker Smith
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