Theresa May accused of 'ducking' questions on Copeland visit

Theresa May visited a school in Copeland today. Credit: Scott Heppell/PA Wire/PA Images

The Prime Minister has been accused of "ducking" questions around the nuclear industry, and healthcare, on a visit to Copeland.

Theresa May visited a school in Bootle today, ahead of the Copeland by-election taking place next week.

She was questioned about Moorside - the planned £10 billion nuclear power station - which have been thrown into doubt by the financial troubles faced by one of the project's main backers, Toshiba.

Sellafield. Credit: PA

However, the Prime Minister's responses did not impress Justin Bowden, national officer of the GMB union, which represents nuclear workers.

He said:

Campaigners have been protesting about proposed changes to West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

The Labour candidate for Copeland, Gillian Troughton, said Theresa May had "ducked questions on maternity services".

The Government-appointed Success Regime is currently carrying out a consultation into the future of healthcare in Cumbria.

The body's proposals include the downgrading of maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven - from a consultant-led service to a midwife-led service.

This would lead to mothers experiencing pregnancy complications having to travel to the Cumberland Infirmary, in Carlisle - a journey of at least 40 minutes.

Campaigners say the changes would lead to mothers and babies dying.