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Carlisle MP meets Health Secretary over hospital care concerns

Carlisle's MP John Stevenson has met the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today as concerns continue over care at North Cumbria's acute hospitals.

The trust that runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is one of fourteen in Britain being investigated for its high death rates.

The trust is due to take control after the North Cumbria Trust was accused of serious failures.

Mr Stevenson asked Jeremy Hunt to speed up the takeover of the hospitals by the Northumbria NHS Trust:


De-trunking of the A69 campaign relaunch

A public meeting is taking place to relaunch a campaign to de-trunk the A69 road between Brampton and Carlisle.

Local MPs John Stevenson and Rory Stewart will attend the meeting in Warwick Bridge to add their weight to the campaign.

For decades there has been talk of de-trunking the road, which literally splits the communties of Corby Hill and Warwick Bridge.

£10k for Carlisle high street

Carlisle's high street has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to help boost its city partnership.

Once up and running the group will be able to share ideas with other town's and citys across the UK to try and keep the high street buoyant in hard economic times.

The money comes from government after the Carlisle City Centre Partner’s failed in its bid to secure a £100,000 grant from the Mary Portas scheme earlier this year.

"Our Towns First is a great movement which will provide support to Carlisle’s high street as well as a £10,000 grant which will help put elements of Carlisle’s plan into action.

"In addition, Carlisle’s City Centre Partnership will be supported by the Association of Town Centre Managers, which offers a network of advisors to help to improve high streets such as Carlisle’s.

"I welcome this grant which will go towards improving our city centre and the shopping experience which our city offers.’

– John Stevenson MP