South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, has demanded that David Cameron protect the Westmorland General Hospital.
During Prime Minister's Questions Farron asked the Prime Mister to protect the hospital after it was announced that hospital bosses were thinking of 'gifting' the hospital to social enterprise.
It's claimed two whistle blowers said social enterprise is 'a euphemism' for a private company that already runs another NHS hospital.
“I am grateful that the Prime Minister has agreed to my demand to look into the situation at Westmorland General Hospital. I am deeply disturbed by these proposals to ‘gift’ our hospital to a private company or to remove services. I hope the Prime Minister will join me and our campaign to protect our hospital."_
– Tim Farron, MP
Over 3,000 local residents have signed his 'Hands off our hospital' petition in less than a week.
The MP for South Lakes Tim Farron has welcomed figures released today which show that unemployment has fallen in South Lakeland.
According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics, Westmorland and Lonsdale's unemployment rate fell to just over one percent of the population aged 16 - 64.
This meant that there were 119 fewer claimants than in July 2012 and 10 fewer claimants than last month.
"This announcement is heartening news for our local economy, and shows the continued resilience of South Lakeland's businesses to an extremely challenging economic climate.
“That said, we must remember that the South Lakes has a large elderly population which is not included in these figures. Whilst it is good news that our unemployment rate is so low, wages are also often lower here as the South Lakes has a higher percentage of seasonal workers than other places in the region.
"This is why it is so important that we continue pushing for well paid jobs and apprenticeships for our community."