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Children in the Scottish Borders hold their own election

Children at a school in the Scottish Borders have been learning about politics by hosting their own election.

Channelkirk Primary School pupils made up their own parties and policies, before voting for a winner.

Teachers hoped the experience would engage the youngsters with the political process.

Election debate: are young Scottish voters more enthusiastic following the referendum?

In the latest of our series of school election debates we've been hearing the views of young people ahead of the general election. Tim Backshall has been to the Borders to look at what impact the Scottish referendum has had on teenagers and whether it will make them more or less likely to vote in May.

The group includes some young people who were old enough to vote at the referendum, but still won't be able to vote in the general election. Hear their views on that and the issues that are important to them.


Lib Dem peer Baroness Williams visits Cumbria

The Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Williams, was in Kendal last night where she defended her party's record in government. She said the party hadn't known just how bad the economic situation was when it initially promised to scrap tuition fees. And she said she didn't believe the Lib Dems would do as badly at the election as the polls suggest.

Workington Labour candidate announced

Sue Hayman after her selection at Cockermouth School Credit: Workington Labour Party

Sue Hayman has been chosen as the Labour Party’s candidate for Workington at the upcoming General Election.

She is currently Cumbria County Councillor for Howgate and has previously worked for Cumbria-based Copper Consultancy, and in social services.

She will be looking to succeed Sir Tony Cunningham who is retiring after 14 years of service.

She joins Rozila Kana of the Conservative Party, Phill Roberts of the Liberal Democrats, Jill Perry of the Green party, and Mark Jenkinson of UKIP in the fight for the Workington seat.

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