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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."

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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

Princess Anne 'astonished at how little is known about Quintinshill'

Princess Anne a display marking the Quintinshill disaster Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne is at Stormont Village Hall in Gretna Green for a special poetry reading to mark the centenary of Britain's worst train crash.

Her Royal Highness spoke to locals and viewed a display highlighting the disaster at Quintinshill.

She told one local man she was shocked at how little is known about the 1915 crash, which killed more than 200 people.

I'm really astonished at how little is known about Quintinshill. This display is fantastic"

– HRH Princess Anne
The Princess Royal at Gretna Old Parish Church, Gretna Green Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Border region New Year Honours

People throughout Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders were recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Here's the full list from our region.

Cumbria:

  • Dr William Lawler. Forensic Pathologist. For services to the Police and Criminal Justice System. (Penrith, Cumbria)
  • Neil Dennis Baldwin. For services to the Nuclear Industry particularly Civil Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning. (St Bees, Cumbria)
  • Ms Janice Davinson. Formerly Organiser, Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. For services to Farming and Rural Communities in Cumbria. (Penrith, Cumbria)
  • Mrs Karen-Marie Horn. Higher Executive Officer, Ministry of Defence. For services to the Armed Forces and Service Families. (Arlecdon, Cumbria)
  • Anthony Bawden Robinson. For services to Mountain Rescue and to the community in Coniston Cumbria.
  • Mrs Patricia Anne Burns. Staff Governor, Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria. For services to Education. (Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria)
  • Keith Granville Buckler. For services to the New English Orchestra and to Charity through Rotary in Grange-over-Sands Cumbria. (Ulverston, Cumbria)
  • Ian Clinton. Lately Principal, Blackburn College. For services to Further Education. (Kendal, Cumbria)
  • Ms Margrit Wendy Scott. President, Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators. For services to Education (Keswick, Cumbria)
  • Professor Elizabeth Margaret Beaty. Emeritus Professor and lately Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Cumbria. For services to Higher Education (Penrith, Cumbria)
  • Arthur Capstick. For services to Education and to the community in Staveley and Kendal, Cumbria. (Kendal, Cumbria)
  • John Thomas Graham. For services to the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, Cumbria. (Ambleside, Cumbria)
  • Ms Tiffany Hunt. For services to Heritage in North West England (Cumbria)

Dumfries:

  • Mrs Alison Graham Hall. Chair, Dumfries and Galloway Branch, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. For services to charity in Dumfries and Galloway. (Nithbank, Dumfries)
  • Mrs Catherine Ann Mitchell. Cleaner, Annan Police Station. For services to Dumfries and Galloway Division, Police Scotland. (Annan, Dumfries)
  • David Smith. For services to the Heritage of Robert Burns. (Cargenbridge, Dumfries)

Scottish Borders:

  • Mrs Judith Mary Smith. Macmillan Nurse Consultant, Cancer and Palliative Care, Borders General Hospital. For services to Oncology in the Scottish Borders. (Galashiels, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Laude)
  • Henry Scott Douglas. For services to the community in Bonchester, Scottish Borders. (Hawick, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderd)
  • Donald Swanson. For services to rugby in Peebles. (Peebles, Tweedale)
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