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The dementia debate

800,000 people across the UK are living with dementia. This week, at a summit in London, the G8 nations pledged to work together to tackle the condition.

In a debate for our political programme, Around The House, MPs acknowledged that society is 'playing catch-up' where dementia is concerned.

They agreed that improving care for people with dementia, and their carers, is a top priority.

Watch the full debate here:

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Working longer as state pension age rises

People in their 20s, 30s and 40s can expect to work for longer before they can claim a state pension.

In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor indicated that the pension age would rise to 68 by the mid 2030s, and 69 in the mid 2040s.

How could these changes affect us, as individuals and a society?

It was a topic for debate on this month's Around The House, with the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border Rory Stewart, the Sunderland Central Labour MP Julie Elliott and the Redcar Liberal Democrat Ian Swales.

Watch the discussion here:

People who opposed ANC 'should be ashamed of themselves' says Cumbrian MP

The Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart says people who opposed the ANC during the apartheid era in South Africa were 'completely wrong'.

Appearing on our political programme, Around The House, he was asked how he regarded those in the Conservative party who had been hostile to the ANC in previous decades.

Rory Stewart also described Nelson Mandela as an 'extraordinary man' with an outstanding vision:

You can watch the full interview on Around The House at 11:40pm tonight (Thursday 12th December) on ITV in the Border region.

State Pension Age: MP says people will want to work longer in future

On tonight's edition of Around The House, Conservative MP Rory Stewart backs the plans to raise the State Pension Age in 20 to 30 years' time.

The Penrith and The Border MP praises the experience and "unbelievable energy" of over-65s, and admits they currently make a huge, unpaid, contribution to society:

You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight (Thursday 12th December) at 11.40pm on ITV.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Around The House at 11.40pm on ITV Credit: ITV Border

In December's political programme, Cumbria MP Rory Stewart is among Helen Ford's guests to discuss changes to the State Pension age and the impact on young adults who face 50 years in the workplace.

And, as the world mourns Nelson Mandela, MPs consider the lessons of his life for politicians the world over.

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Full Report: Cumbria pays tributes to Mandela

People around the world have been mourning the death of the former South African president Nelson Mandela. The freedom campaigner touched the lives of people in our region too.

Mandela was instrumental in bringing the two suspects to court in the Lockerbie bombing. And at the height of the struggle against apartheid, Cumbria became the first shire county in England to adopt a formal declaration against the regime in South Africa.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Flags at half mast outside Scottish Government HQ

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“The death of Nelson Mandela marks the passing of a great statesman and a global icon, so it is only appropriate that we here in Scotland, a land Mr Mandela had great affinity with, mark his passing appropriately.

“That is why I have today instructed that the South African national flag should fly at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside St Andrew's House in Edinburgh.

“The whole world is marking the loss of a great leader – all of Scotland feels that loss, and we join the people of South Africa in particular in marking Mr Mandela’s passing.”

Flags at half mast in respect for Mandela

The flag is flying at half mast Credit: ITV News Border

Kendal Town Hall's flag is flying at half mast in respect for the death of Nelson Mandela, and South Lakeland District Council has also lowered the flag on Ulverston Town Hall.

The flag at half mast Credit: ITV News Border

Leader of South Lakeland District Council, Peter Thornton, said:

"I've asked for our flags to fly at half-mast to mark the passing of a statesman whose reach extended far beyond politics."