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Latest report: Rory Stewart in Iraq

Many MPs are using the summer recess to fly off on holiday to get a break. But one of our MPs has taken a plane straight to Iraq instead, to see for himself the war and suffering spread by Islamic militants.

Penrith and the Border's Rory Stewart is Chair of Parliament's Defence Committee and has spoken to ITV News from Irbil, where he's gathering vital information.

Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports:

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Rory Stewart is in Iraq as the humanitarian crisis deepens

Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart is in Iraq on a fact finding mission as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.

Mr Stewart is the first British MP to go out to the country since the current crisis began

Islamic extremist forces have taken over control of much of the north of the country and have been accused of atrocities.

The MP for Penrith and the Border is now with the Iraqi army on the front line, about 45 miles from the town of Irbil. Pam Royle spoke to him by phone and asked him what conditions are like where he is.

Murder probe into death of child from Galashiels

Police in Blackpool have launched a murder investigation following the death of a three year old girl from the Scottish Borders.

Officers were called by the Ambulance Service at shortly before 11am yesterday following the report of a child drowning in a swimming pool at the Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes, Lancashire.

The toddler from Galashiels, was removed from the water and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and then later transported to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

She died in hospital at 8pm last night.

“This is a tragic situation where a young girl has lost her fight for life following an incident at a swimming pool in a hotel in St Annes. “We are now treating this sad death as suspicious and are investigating just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool.”

– Detective Inspector Nick Connaughton, Lancashire Police

Ukraine couple seek safety in Kendal

A woman from Cumbria who set up a foster home in Ukraine 12 years ago has welcomed two of its adoptive parents to Kendal for two weeks of respite.

Genesis House was set up with the help of donations from the people of Cumbria. Refugee children are continuing to seek shelter there as the situation in war torn Ukraine worsens. Amy Welch reports.

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Europe and Hawick share a passion for dancing

Folk dancing as you've never seen it before has been taking place in the Borders this week. A dance group from Hawick have been hosting children from Belgium and Lithuania to take part in a Youth International Dance Festival.

It gives the children a chance to share traditional dancing techniques, and form lifelong friendships. Jenny Longden reports.

Penrith & Borders MP heads to Iraq

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border Credit: ITV Border

The MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, is on his way to Iraq to monitor the situation as Islamist militants continue to spread violence across the country.

As chair of the Defence Select Committee in Parliament, the Conservative MP will gather information in the Kurdish city of Irbil. He's expected to stay there for five days. The 41-year-old was deputy governor of two provinces in Iraq after the second Gulf War in 2003.

Kendal provides respite for Ukraine couple

A woman from Cumbria who set up a foster home in Ukraine 12 years ago has welcomed two of its adoptive parents to Kendal for two weeks of respite.

Genesis House was set up with the help of donations from the people of Cumbria. Refugee children are continuing to seek shelter there as the situation in war torn Ukraine worsens.

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