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Cumbria councillor wants devolution for county

Cumbria could be at a disadvantage if Scotland gets further devolved powers. That's according to the Leader of Cumbria County Council.

Stewart Young says he will work to gain more control over decision making if England's regions get further powers in the fall-out from Scotland's independence referendum.

"We would like to see a bit of realisation of the reins and give us a little bit more control of our own affairs and we think we can deliver here in Cumbria for the people of Cumbria."

– Stewart Young Leader, Cumbria County Council


Salmond: Scotland is a 'better nation' after referendum

Alex Salmond says Scotland is a "better nation" as a result of the independence referendum. The First Minister returned to Holyrood today for the first time since Scots voted to stay in the UK last week.

Party leaders all praised the way the debate was carried out across the country. But fighting continues over what new powers will go to the Scottish Parliament. This from our political reporter, Kathryn Samson.

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Alex Salmond returns to Holyrood

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Alex Salmond will return to Holyrood today for the first time since his bid for Scottish independence failed.

Mr Salmond, who has announced his intention to step down as First Minister, is expected to reflect on the independence referendum and put pressure on the victorious unionist parties to deliver on their devolution pledges in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick will open today's proceedings with "time for reflection", a Holyrood slot normally reserved for spiritual or philosophical contributions from religious or secular figureheads.

Mr Salmond's statement will be followed by two days of debate on the future of Scotland, with Labour leader Johann Lamont, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie expected to open with responses from the Scottish opposition parties.

Scotland voted against independence by a majority of 55% in the referendum on Thursday.

Cumbrian businesses debate devolution

How could more devolved powers for England affect companies in Cumbria? Business organisations in the county have welcomed the idea in principle but want to make sure it's done in the right way.

Tim Backshall has been to one engineering firm in South Cumbria which had supported the idea of Scottish independence but now believes there are great opportunities ahead if more powers are given to Northern England.


SNP membership surges post 'No' vote

As the fallout continues from Thursday's historic vote on Scottish independence, pressure is growing on the Westminster parties to deliver on their promise of more powers.

David Cameron gathered senior Conservatives today to discuss plans to stop Scottish MPs voting on English laws.

The row over constitutional change has dominated the start of Labour's conference, as the party tries to win back traditional supporters who voted yes to independence last week. Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party has reported a huge surge in membership since the referendum result.

Kathryn Samson reports.

Devolution could offer 'more opportunities' for Cumbria

Marl International makes LED lights and systems in Ulverston Credit: ITV Border

Marl International, an LED lights factory in Ulverston, had hoped Scotland would go independent.

Adrian Rawlinson, its Managing Director, thinks independence could have made Cumbria a major trading hub for Scotland. But now he says more powers for England could mean more powers for Cumbria, which would be better for business.

The Institute of Directors in Cumbria says the county will benefit from Scotland staying in the union and devolution will offer 'more opportunities' for Cumbria.

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