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MP's debate the future of West Cumberland Hospital

West Cumberland Hospital Credit: ITV News Border

The future of services at West Cumberland Hospital will be discussed in Parliament tonight.

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham's opening the debate, which comes after a public meeting at Whitehaven rugby league ground last month drew around four thousand people. Campaigners are concerned about some services at the hospital being downgraded, and others moved to Carlisle.

Lord Smith confident an agreement can be reached

An all-party agreement on new powers for the Scottish parliament will be reached. That's the message from the man appointed by the Prime Minister to lead moves to deliver promises made in the independence referendum.

On a visit to the Borders, Lord Smith of Kelvin urged voters in the south of Scotland to give him their views - so it's not just politicians shaping Scotland's future.

Our Political Editor Peter MacMahon caught up with Lord Smith on his fact-finding trip across Scotland and has this exclusive report.


Sturgeon confirmed as SNP leader

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been confirmed as the new leader of the SNP.

She will replace Alex Salmond, who announced he was stepping down after Scotland rejected independence in last month's referendum. The 44-year-old was the only person to have put her name forward as a candidate.

The current deputy first minister has said she still wants to see an independent Scotland but, for now, has other priorities.

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Nicola Sturgeon will be new SNP leader, party confirms

Nicola Sturgeon will be the new SNP leader when Alex Salmond steps down next month. Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon will be the new leader of the SNP when Alex Salmond steps down at the party conference in November, the party has confirmed.

Party members will be polled on the three candidates with the result declared at the SNP conference on November 14, when

The new leader will assume her post on November 14th.

SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay MSP said he was "delighted" Ms Sturgeon would be taking up the post.

"She will be a fantastic new leader of both the party and our country. She will build on the substantial legacy and extraordinary achievements of Alex Salmond as the longest serving First Minister, and make her own mark as she leads Scotland forward, he said.

SNP party leader announcement

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is likely to be confirmed as the new SNP party leader later today.

Any member wishing to stand against Ms Sturgeon has until 4pm today to declare their intention to stand.

Sturgeon will replace Alex Salmond who announced he was stepping down in the wake of Scots rejecting independence in last month's referendum.

"What do we want.....Answers"

Two grieving families from the south of Scotland are still looking for answers about their loved ones, who died abroad.

They met up with with other bereaved families in London, to protest outside the embassies of the countries where their relatives died. They're also calling on the foreign office to do more to help.

David Wood reports.


Stamp duty to be replaced next year

Buyers from Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders, hoping to purchase a house for less than £135,000 will pay no tax when stamp duty is replaced in Scotland next year.

The news came as the Finance Secretary set out his budget this afternoon.

It's the first time ministers in the Scottish Parliament have been able to set rates in more than 300 years.

Our political reporter Kathryn Sampson has more.

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