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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

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

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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