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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:

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.


Lecturers go on strike at Cumbrian universities

Lecturers gathered outside the entrance to the University of Cumbria on Brampton Road this morning as part of a move by university staff across the North West who went on strike today in a row over pay and pensions.

Union members from all 13 North West universities are involved in the nationwide action taken by Unison, Unite and the University and College Union.