Pizza, politics and the referendum

ITV Border Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, blogs on the competing claims over promises of more powers for Scotland

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New nuclear plan launched after Cumbria rejects bid

The Government has launched a new long term plan to deal with the UK's radioactive waste, after plans to put it in Cumbria were rejected a year ago.

The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage
The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council turned down plans to build a 12 billion pounds underground nuclear waste store in our region last year.

Under today's new strategy, the Government will survey the whole country to find out where would be most suitable to store the waste.

The survey will take two years to complete.

Council approve West Cumbrian school closure

Cumbria County Council have today approved the move to close two failing secondary schools in West Cumbria, in favour of replacing them with a single academy.

Southfield Technology College and Stainburn school in Workington will now close in August 2015, delaying the closure from the end of this year.

The proposed new academy will have 1,200 places for school children.

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Future of Scotland's nuclear waste questioned

ITV Border has learnt that Sellafield could stop taking nuclear waste from Scotland if the country decides to go independent.

The Copeland MP Jamie Reed has told this programme that international laws mean Scotland would have to deal with its own radioactive material rather than export it.

The Scottish government says they'd negotiate a solution.

In response the Scottish Government said:

“An independent Scotland will ensure that the nuclear legacy inherited from the UK is managed safely and effectively, something that would be in the interests of both countries. Indeed, the management of radioactive waste is a devolved matter and, as such, is already the responsibility of the Scottish Ministers. Following a vote for independence the way in which the UK’s nuclear legacy is managed will be the subject of detailed negotiations.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Government

Monday's Border Life on line

On Border Life this week, Gill Brown reports on how how horses are helping people overcome difficulties in their lives. There's a look at Eyemouth's traditional Herring Queen Festival and Emma Baker journeys to the river Ettrick to meet a smoked salmon specialist.

Carlisle Bishop speaks out against assisted dying

The issue of assisted dying is back on the political agenda with a bill being debated in the House of Lords today.

Right-to-die campaigners say it will ease suffering of the terminally ill, they have even received the backing of a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Those who disagree include the current Bishop of Carlisle, The Right Reverend James Newcombe.

Fiona Marley Paterson has been talking to the Bishop, and two people diagnosed with chronic illnesses, who both have very different opinions on assisted dying.

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Bishop of Carlisle: Assisted dying 'not the right track to go down'

The Bishop of Carlisle has urged the Government not to pass a law that would allow doctors to prescribe drugs to end the life of someone with a terminal illness.

Those in favour of the bill say the plans would allow suffering to be eased when people have six months or less to live.

However, The Right Reverend James Newcome told ITV Border the church does not support the idea.

The Assisted Dying Bill: Where do you stand?

We asked two people in Cumbria with chronic, degenerative illnesses what they thought about the issue of assisted dying.

Iain Bainbridge is from Kendal. He is a father, a businessman and a Christian. Six years ago his future was turned upside down when he was told he has Multiple Sclerosis - but he does not agree with the idea of assisted dying,

However, Eric Tiffin doesn't agree. He is from Penrith and has Motor Neurone Disease.

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