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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


Special parade in Carlisle for VE Day anniversary

People in Carlisle have been treated to a marching procession led by the Duke of Lancaster Regiment.

The special parade saw servicemen and women march from the city's Castle to the Cathedral.

The parade marked the end of three days worth of celebrations and services to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

David Israel from the King's Own Border Regiment took part in the remembrance celebrations:

Major fire in Carlisle

Fire fighters have been attending a huge blaze at an industrial bakery on the outskirts of Carlisle this afternoon.

At least six fire crews were called to tackle the blaze at Lakeland Bake in Kingstown at about 3:30pm.

Huge plumes of smoke were seen across North of city.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

No one was hurt.

Fire fighters at scene of large blaze in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border


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