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Call for police funding for Cumbria to be increased

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is again calling on the government to increase police funding, ahead of the Conservative party conference next week.

Peter McCall has been in talks with policing ministers after the Home Office announced it was lifting the pay cap for police officers, but the extra money would have to come from local police budgets.

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Carlisle Conservative candidate 'not surprised' by expenses decision

John Stevenson Credit: ITV Border

Conservative candidate for Carlisle, John Stevenson, says he's not surprised that no charges will be brought over campaign expenses.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had examined files from 14 police forces, including Cumbria, into Conservative Party spending during the 2015 election.

In a statement they reported that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.

"We have considered files of evidence from 14 police forces in respect of allegations relating to Conservative Party candidates' expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign.

"We considered whether candidates and election agents working in constituencies that were visited by the Party's 'Battle Bus' may have committed a criminal offence by not declaring related expenditure on their local returns. Instead, as the Electoral Commission found in its report, these costs were recorded as national expenditure by the Party.

"We reviewed the files in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and have concluded the tests in the Code are not met and no criminal charges have been authorised.

– Nick Vamos, CPS Head of Special Crime

Cumbria Police 'have interviewed' Conservatives

Cumbria Police Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police have confirmed they have interviewed people connected to the Conservatives, in relation to the party's spending in the 2015 general election.

Cumbria Constabulary can confirm that they have submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to party election expenses.

Police have interviewed those connected with the party in question and are waiting the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision.

– Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson

The force is one of 12 to have submitted files to the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Mundell calls for threat of second independence vote to be taken off the table

The Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has called on Nicola Sturgeon to take the threat of a second independence referendum off the table.

Addressing the Scottish Conservative party conference in Glasgow, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, said another vote would be damaging for Scotland and the idea filled him with "utter dismay."

He also insisted more powers will be transferred to Scotland after the UK leaves the EU. Mr Mundell said he still wants to work with the SNP government to get the best deal for Scotland and the UK after Brexit. But he called on Nicola Sturgeon to rule out another independence referendum.

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