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HRH Princess Royal tours Cumbrian Distillery

Princess Anne visiting the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne has visited a whisky distillery as part of her official tour of Cumbria.

Founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, Paul Currie, welcomed her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the distillery’s picturesque setting overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake today before inviting her to tour the £7m development.

The Princess Royal inspecting a mash tun which starts the whisky brew at Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

It was an incredible honour to have Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal officially open The Lakes Distillery, all of us will remember this day for years to come.

As the only distillery in Cumbria, we are very proud of our team and our facilities which are already producing award-winning spirits. It was a pleasure to be able to present the fruit of our hard work to such a prestigious guest.

Her Royal Highness’ visit marks the start of our first summer season open to the public. We expect to attract 100,000 guests of all ages to the distillery each year, who will be able to follow the same tour as Her Royal Highness, and we hope they enjoy their visit just as much.”

– Paul Currie, Lakes Distillery

Princess Anne visited the stillroom where The Lakes Vodka, Gin and Single Malt is produced, as well as the Bistro at the Lakes Distillery before unveiling a plaque in the courtyard to mark its official opening.

Princess Anne unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

Following the official opening, The Princess Royal added:

it's lovely to see these sorts of old agricultural buildings find a really good re-use"

– HRH Princess Royal

Princess Royal arrives in Carlisle

As part of her tour of Cumbria HRH The Princess Royal has arrived at the Save The Children Shop in Carlisle.

Princess Anne begins her tour of Cumbria today Credit: ITV Border
Royal visiting Save The Children Credit: ITV Border

Following her visit to Save The Children this morning, Princess Anne greeted people from the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau.

HRH Princess Royal arriving at the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau Credit: ITV Border

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Cumbria welcomes royal visit

Princess Anne will be visiting Cumbria today Credit: PA

Glasses will be raised to a royal visitor in Cumbria today as the Princess Royal officially opens the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite. It's England's largest whisky distillery.

Princess Anne will also visit the Save the Children shop in Carlisle and call into CN Group in Carlisle to mark 200 years of the Cumberland News

Angus Robertson: Smith Commission a 'minimum' agreement

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Responding to the devolution announcement in today's Queen Speech, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson has said the government should offer powers beyond the Smith Commission.

Her Majesty's Speech detailed new powers for Scotland, including the ability to raise 40% of taxes and decide about 60% of public spending.

The proposal are in line with what was agreed by the cross-party Smith Commission, but the MP for Moray claims circumstances have since changed.

“When it comes to more powers for Scotland, the ball is in David Cameron's court.

"Anything less than implementation of the Smith Commission in full would be a breach of faith.

"But the Tories must also respond to the election result and react positively to proposals for a transfer of powers beyond Smith, a position which won overwhelming support in the election."

– Angus Robertson, SNP Westminster Leader

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Mundell: 'both sides of the Border will benefit'

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Scotland's Secretary of State David Mundell has responded to this morning's Queen's Speech.

The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has said he believes people in both England and Scotland will benefit from the measures announced.

Scotland's only Conservative MP also echoed Prime Minister David Cameron's view that it was a "clear programme for working people".

There's an important range of measures which are designed to help working people : taking more people out of tax, creating job opportunities, ensuring that income tax, VAT, and NI doesn't rise during this Parliament.

Also devolving significant power to both the Scottish Parliament and to regions of England. I think this shows the government's commitment to devolution at all levels and I think people on both sides of the Border will benefit from it.

– David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland
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SNP: Queen's Speech a 'test' of Tory Scotland pledges

Angus Robertson also said that the SNP would be the 'real opposition' to the Tories Credit: Danny Lawson / PA Wire

The Queen's Speech is an "early test" of the Conservatives' bona fides on devolving more powers to Holyrood, the SNP's Westminster leader has said.

Angus Robertson said there were "shortcomings" on the draft clauses published earlier this year and he insisted the Scotland Bill - which is due to be published on Thursday - must live up to "both the spirit and the letter" of the cross-party deal that was reached.

He said: "As the First Minister agreed with David Cameron, the Scottish Government will also put forward proposals for a transfer of powers beyond Smith for discussion between the Scottish Secretary and the Deputy First Minister - for which half of Scotland's electorate voted. The people of Scotland have spoken and Westminster has a democratic duty to listen."

Tim Farron responds to Queen's Speech

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The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has criticised the vision of the Northern Powerhouse described in today's Queen's Speech.

Tim Farron said he welcomed some of the announcements made, including the increase in the personal allowance from £10,600 to £12,500, which he claims will directly benefit 42,500 people in Cumbria.

But the candidate for leader of the Lib Dems warned that Cumbria could be "left behind" as the Conservatives "rush to devolve power" to areas like Greater Manchester.

“In today’s Queen’s Speech we heard about the Northern Powerhouse.

For people in our area it is neither sufficiently ‘northern’, nor is it a ‘powerhouse’.

I will be urging the Government to give extra powers to areas like ours to allow us to take more control over transport, job growth and apprenticeships to allow our economy to grow."

– Tim Farron, MP
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