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Electric taxis: The future of transport?

Cumbria's first electricly powered taxi has begun taking its first fare. It's costing Sue's Taxis in Workington just three pence-a-mile to run it.

But the snag is that it can only go 100 miles before it needs charging. So is the electric taxi the future of transport - or will it run out of juice? Matthew Taylor has been to take a look.


Is this Cumbria's first electric taxi?

Could this be the first electric taxi in Cumbria? Credit: Solway Renewable Energy Ltd

A taxi firm in Workington believe they are the first in the county to use an electric car.

Sue's Taxis bought the eco-friendly car two weeks ago but it will become fully licensed later today, Wednesday 9 July.

Sue McKenzie, who owns the firm, trialled the car for three days and said both she, and passengers, were impressed.

She says one of the main selling points of the car is that it's quieter than a normal car.


Sir Tony Cunningham says 'the time is right' to retire

After a career as a councillor, mayor, MEP and MP - the knight, Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to retire from Westminster at the next election.

The Workington MP said he wanted to spend more time with his family, particularly his young son.

Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand caught up with him in his constituency as he announced his decision.

Trivia: Sir Tony Cunningham's varied career

Sir Tony Cunningham received his Knighthood in 2012 Credit: PA
  • Sir Tony was born in Workington in 1952 and has spent most of his life there, working as a teacher before going into politics.
  • His political career began locally, serving as Mayor of Workington and Leader of Allerdale Council in the 1990s.
  • In 1994 he was elected to the European Parliament where he developed an interest in international development.
  • In 1995 he published the Cunningham Report, which was the first report to call for the complete and outright ban of landmines.
  • Before becoming an MP in 2001, he briefly worked as Chief Executive of the human rights organisation Indict, looking at authoritarian regimes such as Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq.
  • In his spare time Sir Tony is an avid sports fan, playing rugby and football and running regularly. While living in Zanzibar he even played first division soccer.
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