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Tories hold seat in county council by-election

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The Conservatives held the Cumbria County Council seat of Greystoke and Hesket in yesterday's by-election.

Tom Wentworth Waites has been elected county councillor to replace Bert Richardson who retired on health grounds.

The results of the by-election were: DERBYSHIRE, Judith Margaret: Liberal Democrat Party - 518.

WENTWORTH WAITES, Thomas William: Conservative Party - 635.

Turnout was 32 per cent.

The political make-up of Cumbria County Council's 84 elected members is now as follows:

Labour: 36 Conservative: 26 Liberal Democrat: 15 Independent/Non-aligned: 5 West Cumbrian Independents: 2

New Lib Dem leader to be announced today

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Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron will find out today if he is to be the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The leadership ballot closes at 2pm and the result is expected to be announced on Twitter between 4pm and 5pm. The contest is a two-horse race between Mr Farron and Norman Lamb.

Mr Farron, who has been MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2005, is running to replace former leader Nick Clegg who stepped down in the wake of this year's General Election which saw the Liberal Democrats reduced from 56 to just eight seats.


Around The House: Tonight at 10.40pm (or 11.10pm Freeview South Scotland)

Around The House at 10.40pm on ITV, and 11.10pm on Freeview in the South of Scotland Credit: ITV Border

Paul Brand presents this month's political programme from Westminster.

Scotland's only Conservative MP - Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale's David Mundell - is among the guests to discuss the ups and downs of the election campaign so far.

Also in the programme; how much money do we need to earn, to be able to have a decent life?

Join Paul Brand for Around The House tonight (Thurs 22 January) at the new earlier time of 10.40pm on ITV, or at 11.10pm - after Representing Border - if you are watching on Freeview in the South of Scotland.


Ruth Davidson MSP: ' Scottish Conservatives will pledge an extra 1,000 nurses and midwives for Scotland'

Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions if they get into power in Holyrood.

She told the party conference in Edinburgh that the money would go towards funding 1,000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS.

Ruth Davidson MSP addresses Scottish Conservative party conference Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Scottish Conservative party leader pledges 1,000 nurses and midwives if they gain power

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions in order to fund 1,000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS if her party gains power at Holyrood.

The additional staff would be recruited using money saved from ending universal free prescriptions, which were introduced by the SNP government almost three years ago.

"Under the SNP, the number of nurses and midwives in Scotland has gone up and down like a fiddler's elbow. Two thousand posts gone over two years.

"Right now - hundreds of places down, creating an intolerable pressure on those who are left.

"It's time we did something about it. That's why today I am able to announce the Scottish Conservatives will pledge an extra 1,000 nurses and midwives for Scotland. And, once introduced, we will not let numbers drop below that mark."

– Ruth Davidson MSP, Scottish Conservative leader

Railway boost for Dumfries and Galloway possible

ITV's Pam Royle speaks to Councillor Colin Smith from Dumfries and Galloway council about proposals for new railway stations in the region

The council decided today it would put in a bid to get a slice of a £30million pot from the Scottish Government, which has been set aside to redevelop railways throughout the country.

If successful, Stranraer would be refurbished and new stations would be built at Thornhill, Eastriggs, Dunragit-Glenluce and Beattock. The council says they would be built in that order - based on the greatest need - as passenger numbers continue to grow in Southern Scotland.

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