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John Stevenson 'very concerned' by 'inadequate' rating

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John Stevenson has said he is"very concerned for the children that are looked after" by Cumbria County Council.

The MP for Carlisle was commenting in response to today's news that child services in the region have been rated as inadequate for the third time in four years by Ofsted, who monitor the Children Services Department.

He says he has requested a meeting with the head of Children’s Services, John McIlwraith, and Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council, Diane Wood, to discuss this issue with them.

These are the lives of children who for whatever reason have not been given the best start.

"As a Country we have to ensure that these children are given the best care possible.

"Unfortunately Cumbria County Council appear to be unable to look after these children to an acceptable standard. "Questions need to be asked, these failings must be dealt with and significant improvements have to be made.’

– John Stevenson, MP

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Lib Dem leadership: Farron still considering

Tim Farron

Tim Farron, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, says he's still considering whether to stand as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

He's seen by most observers as the favourite to take over from Nick Clegg, who resigned on Friday after the party's disastrous showing in the general election. The party's number of seats fell from 57 to just eight.

Mr. Farron says he's speaking to party members and members of the public before making a decision on whether to stand.

He's expected to make an announcement by the end of the week.

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