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Carlisle MP welcomes police funding review

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is welcoming a government review into the way budgets will be allocated to police forces in the future.

Mr Stevenson criticised the previous review, saying that Cumbria was put in the same bracket as metropolitan cities like Manchester and London.

He says the county now has another chance to emphasise the unique challenges the region faces.

Council looking into A595 improvements

A595. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council say they are carrying out a feasibility study, into how the A595 road can be improved.

Two women died after an accident on the road on Tuesday 23 February.

Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has called on the council to make a serious case to central government, to improve the road.

We did make improvements, we've improved the A66 through Highways England.

These are major schemes and it is only the government who can fund these schemes.

Kendal is wanting another bypass - these have to be funded by government - Cumbria County Council does not have that kind of funding."

– Cllr Keith Little

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Carlisle MP pushes plans to improve A69

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has met the Transport Minister Andrew Jones today to discuss progress on plans for improving the A69.

A £500,000 feasibility study is being carried out to look at turning the entire route between Carlisle and Newcastle into dual carriageway.

Mr Stevenson says revamping the road would help boost Cumbria's economy:

Well, ultimately we're aiming for the 2020 road programme, that's what we want to get into so that it gets built in the early 2020s.

There's a lot of work that has to be done before that, we've got to be involved in that, we've got to make sure our voice is heard, that people do take part in the consultations and the stakeholder meetings to get across the importance of the A69 and the economic value and connectivity value that there is for Cumbria and the North East."

– John Stevenson MP

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

Stevenson speaks in Parliament

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has called for Scottish MP's not to be returned to Westminster after the 2015 General Election in the event of a "yes" vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

The referendum is due to take place on 18 September.

The Aberdeen- born politician was speaking in the House of Commons today:

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Your opinions: Should an independent Scotland vote in general election

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has called for Scottish people to be banned from voting at next year's General election if there is a Yes vote in September's independence referendum.

All day we've been asking for your opinions on social network, here are just a few of your thoughts:

Mark Andrew Smith on Facebook said: "Seems like a logical conclusion - why should we have influence over a country we'd be leaving?"

Lee Vann-Wakelin on Facebook said: "yep.... standard procedure i would have thought, but silly spouting it now though"

You can still have your say by contacting us on Facebook, Twitter or by emailing pamandian@itv.com

Stevenson: Independent Scotland shouldn't vote in general election

MP John Stevenson is speaking in Westminster later today Credit: ITV News Border

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has called for Scottish people to be banned from voting at next year's General election if there is a Yes vote in September's independence referendum.

The Conservative MP, who is from Aberdeen, claims there would be a constitutional crisis if the Government was decided by part of UK that had just chosen to become a foreign country.

If there is a Yes vote, Scottish independence is likely to begin in March 2016, 10 months after the General election.

But, what do you think? You can have your say by contacting us on Facebook, Twitter or by emailing pamandian@itv.com

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