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Former Carlisle MP believes Labour could regain control of city

Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew tells ITV Border's Hannah McNulty he believes Labour could regain control of the city Credit: ITV Border

MPs are voting this afternoon on whether to back Theresa May's demand for a snap general election.

Parties across Cumbria and the south of Scotland will begin selecting their candidates to fight the election on 8 June.

Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew believes Labour could regain control of the city from the Conservatives but thinks the party should've pushed for the date of the vote to be delayed.

If I have a criticism of what has gone on this week, the labour party have just said yes we're going to have a general election. If I had been there I'd say we'll have a general election but not on the 8th June we'll have it all a fortnight later and give us all time to get ready for it. They should've been bargaining on this you can't refuse to have a general election because it makes you look frightened."

– Eric Martlew, Former Carlisle MP

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Murder investigation underway after death of 70-year-old woman

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The death of a 70-year-old woman nine day after an incident at a sheltered housing complex in Melrose, is being treated as a murder.

Police were called to Priorwood Court at around 4.45pm on April 9, after a report of concern for a woman.

The woman had been taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment and died on Tuesday April 18.

69-year-old David Thomson was charged with attempted murder when he appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Tuesday 11 April.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.

This is a tragic set of circumstances, and our thoughts are with the lady’s family at this distressing time. This is being treated as an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection our enquiries. Our officers are continuing to support her family and we want to thank the local community for their support.

– Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Healy, Lothians and Scottish Borders CID

Anyone with concerns is being urged to their local community officer or can contact Police Scotland on 101.

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