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Scottish interests to be at the centre of Brexit negotiations

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Scottish voices and interests will be at the centre of Brexit negotiations according to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

David Mundell is meeting key groups and sectors in the Scottish economy before the UK holds negotiations to leave the European Union.

The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale says he would be working closely with the Scottish government which has not ruled out a second independence referendum in a bid to maintain the country's links to Europe.

Farmers facing uncertain future after Brexit vote

Farmers across Cumbria are faced with uncertainty, six week after the vote to leave the EU.

There's warnings that some Cumbrian farmerd could leave the industry if the government doesn't commit soon to matching EU subsidies.

But the government department in charge of farming says there is now an unparalleled opportunity to grow the industry.

Our reporter, Katie Hunter, investigates:

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Lib Dem elected Alston Moor District Councillor

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Liberal Democrat, Thomas Sheriff, has been elected as the District Councilor for the Alston Moor Ward on Eden District Council.

A by-election was held yesterday follow the resignation of Conservative's David Hymers.

Stephen Harrison standing for the Conservative party won 251 votes, while Thomas Sherrif won 302 votes, with a turnout of 34%.

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What is the Northern Powerhouse?

According to the previous Chancellor George Osborne, Treasury figures suggested that if the northern economy grew in line with the rest of the UK over the next 18 years, it would be worth an additional £44bn in real terms.

That is the equivalent of over £1,600 for each person living in the north.

The hope is to redress the North-South economic imbalance, and to attract investment into northern cities and towns.

A major part of the deal involves devolution - elected mayors with extra funding to promote economic investment and to make decisions about services such as planning and transport.

Not everyone thinks that the Northern Powerhouse will, or can, provide tangible benefits for the north.

The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, the MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale, recently described the Northern Powerhouse as 'smoke and mirrors'.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"The Northern Powerhouse - giving a boost to the North's economy and giving people more of a say over where they live - is a great idea. To become reality, the Conservatives must match their fancy rhetoric with hard cash.

"The North of England urgently needs investment to support growth and jobs. Rather than continued cuts to local government funding, the government should be investing in transport infrastructure and broadband.

"Unless the government gives proper funding to the Northern Powerhouse, it will remain a grand title with no substance and voters in the North will continue to feel neglected by this Conservative government."

– Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat leader.
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