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Pink bus rolls into Carlisle

The pink bus was in the city centre.

The Labour Party's pink battle bus rolled into Carlisle today alongside Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman.

The bus, which is touring the UK to bring Labour's message to women voters, was in the city centre.

The colour of the bus has proved controversial with critics claiming it's patronising to use pink to woo female voters.

But Harriet Harman says the initiative is necessary because a large number of women in the North West didn't vote at the last election, and that people are focusing on the issues, rather than the colour:


Friendship cairn vandalised

Graffiti has been sprayed on the cairn.

The friendship cairn at Gretna, which was built in the run up to the Scottish referendum, has been vandalised.

People have left thousands of stones at the sight in support of the Union.

Many of the slates are painted with messages, poems and the names of loved ones.

But now graffiti, including swearing, has appeared.

One stone with the message "naw", now reads "yes". Other examples of graffiti use explicit language.

The people who backed the project say they're bitterly disappointed.


Farmers face financial penalty MP warns

Farmers are facing being financially penalised because of complications surrounding a new European payment system according to a Cumbrian MP.

The deadline for this year's Single Application Form is May 15th. However, concerns have been raised that it will be difficult for farmers to correctly fill out the form on time. MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron has written to the government to ask for flexibility on the deadline.

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