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Local MSP criticises 'hammer blow' to sports funding

Brian Whittle MSP is a former Olympic athlete. Credit: PA

A South of Scotland MSP has accused the Scottish Government of landing "a hammer blow" to sports funding, in the latest budget.

Conservative Brian Whittle, a former Olympian, has pointed to an 8.3 percent reduction to funding for sports over the next two years.

This is a hammer blow to Scottish sport, at a time where the Scottish Government continues to talk about addressing Scotland’s growing preventable health crisis.

When every study and expert agrees that a major factor in reducing instances of preventable disease is increasing activity, I am at a loss to understand why the SNP would decide to slash the budget responsible for promoting and developing sport."

– Brian Whittle MSP, Conservative

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Scottish Budget: The key points

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon is following the Scottish Budget closely, as Finance Secretary Derek Mackay delivers it in Holyrood.

Here are some of the key points he has picked out.

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Cumbria Day hailed 'resounding success'

Jamie Reed and Tim Farron organised the event. Credit: Tim Farron

A celebration of Cumbrian businesses held at Parliament has been hailed as a "resounding success" by the MPs who joined forces to host it.

All of Cumbria's MPs: Jamie Reed, Tim Farron, John Stevenson, John Woodcock, Rory Stewart and Sue Hayman, spoke at the event.

They each invited three businesses from their constituencies to attend, in order to promote Cumbria to the country's other MPs.

This day was a great way to show off the best of Cumbria, and to reach new audiences unfamiliar with the great produce our area has to offer. There was a real buzz at the event, and I hope it will help to provide a boost to the county’s businesses and tourist trade.

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale (Lib Dem)

Cumbrian businesses work hard all year round to support the Cumbrian economy and many were affected by devastating floods last winter. I am pleased to be able to facilitate this important national networking opportunity.

– Jamie Reed MP, Copeland (Lab)

Brewer aims sky-high for beer from clouds

Innis & Gunn are brewing beer from clouds above Devil’s Beef Tub Credit: PA

A company is making beer from skies above Moffat.

Brewer Innis & Gunn has discovered a way to extract water from clouds.

Using an airborne device fitted with a turbine and condenser, a crew of four men suck enough moisture from the cloud, cool it into water and use it to brew up to 500 pints of beer.

Innis & Gunn, known for making beer marmalade, are using their cloud-brewed beer, called Sky P.A., to help to raise £1million to continue their beer innovations.

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