After a long career in politics as a councillor, MEP, MP and government whip, Sir Tony Cunningham said "the time just feels right to go."
Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to stand down at the next election after thirteen years in parliament.
A Workington hat shop owner has won the top enterprise award from a West Cumbrian business developer
West Cumbria's high tech energy sector has been booming. It's thanks to the presence of Sellafield which continues to train and draw-in highly skilled engineers to the region.
Many small and medium sized companies are beginning to thrive there as well.
An event's been held in Workington to showcase successful firms and provide them with new opportunities.
Matthew Taylor reports:
A gap has opened up between the availability of skilled engineers in West Cumbria and the numbers of jobs that area being created there
The problem is that the energy sector is continuing to grow but the level of skills isn't increasing at the same rate.
It's an issue that was discussed at the Cumbria Excellence Day, an invent to promote small and medium sized businesses.
Luke Dicicco from Britain's Energy Coast - which helps local firms to invest in skills - says it's a problem that is being addressed.
Many small and medium sized firms have sprung up in West Cumbria because of Sellafield. But the managing director of specialist hydraulics company Forth Engineering, Mark Telford, argues there's also growth elsewhere. And adds that businesses are diversifying away from the nuclear industry.
Sellafield has been promising to make it easier for local businesses to win contracts from the company.
George Beveridge, Deputy Managing Director at Sellafield, says terms and conditions have been simplified for small and medium companies.
He made the announcement at Cumbria Excellence Day, a special event that has been showcasing the success of the energy sector in West Cumbria.
People from all over Allerdale paraded through Workington today to remember the fallen of World War 1.
A hundred years ago this year hostilities began in Europe – leading to a conflict that claimed millions of lives. More than 500 men fromWorkington alone were killed in the fighting.
Civic leaders, cadets, community groups and the British Legion joined hundreds of people who marched through the town to the war memorial at Vulcan Park.
A short service saw the laying of a wreath to honour the fallen.
Soldiers have been parading through Workington today to mark 100 years since since the start of World War 1.
Several organisations took part in the parade, including the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regimental Band, the British Legion, cadets groups and local school children.
The parade started at 10.45am at Workington station and it will end with a service at St Michael’s Church.
An independent review is looking into why few people attend rugby league games in West Cumbria.
They're considering merging Workington and Whitehaven.
Mark Fryer is Vice-chairman of Workington Town:
A merger between Workington and Whitehaven is one of the options being looked at by an independent review into the state of the game in West Cumbria.
The aim is to see why a thriving amateur scene and huge interest in the recent World Cup doesn't translate to bigger attendances at Workington and Whitehaven.
But, what do you think? Let us know if you think the teams should merge.
Members of the Workington branch of the RMT Transport Union are to protest against rail cuts.
They will be handing out postcards to passengers during their protest.
It's due to take place outside Workington Railway Station tomorrow, 23 April, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
It is part of a nationwide campaign by Action for Rail against a government report which is proposing cuts to front line station and ticket office staff.
Mark Ostle from Workington has been unemployed for two years.
He has now gone to the length of parking at roadsides with his own homemade sign asking for work.
Matthew Taylor reports: