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Anti-fracking demonstration in Carlisle

A demonstration is due to take place today in the centre of Carlisle by people opposed to fracking.

The protest is one of 32 demonstrations being held in towns and cities across the UK.

The event in Carlisle is due to happen at 2pm and will start by the bandstand in the centre of the city.

North Cumbria and parts of southern Scotland have been identified as possible sites where fracking could be used to extract large deposits of shale gas.

The controversial method of removing shale gas involves drilling down into the earth and using a high-pressure mixture of water and sand to release gas trapped in rocks.

Supporters say it could be worth hundreds millions of pounds to the UK economy but those who are opposed to it insist it will cause environmental damage.


Ofcom announce changes for ITV's coverage in Cumbria and southern Scotland

The television regulator, Ofcom, has announced the changes it would like to see to ITV's coverage in Cumbria and southern Scotland.

ITV's proposal to revert to a full half hour of local Border news in Lookaround has been accepted.

There will also be more tailored coverage in weekend, lunchtime and morning bulletins.

Southern Scotland will also receive an extra 90 minutes of current affairs programming a week. Some of the changes will begin in the autumn.

Political discussion from Westminster: Tonight at 11.35pm

Helen Ford presents Around The House from Westminster Credit: ITV Border

On tonight's edition of Around The House, Helen Ford discusses the row over party funding and the political significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels with a panel of guests, including South Lakes Lib Dem Tim Farron and Southern Scotland Conservative David Mundell.

Helen Ford also talks to Beth Farhat about her new role as General Secretary of the Northern TUC.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 11th July) on ITV.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.35pm

Around The House at 11.35pm on ITV Credit: ITV Border

Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.

Tonight's guests include the new Regional Secretary of the Northern TUC, Beth Farhat.

Also in the programme, South Lakes MP Tim Farron and Southern Scotland MP David Mundell consider the row over party funding.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 11th July) on ITV.

Employers urged to think of young people

The Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance, is urging employers to make the most of the skills young people can offer.

“Supporting more young people into jobs is a top priority for the Scottish Government. We are working hard to improve the employment options available and these very positive figures from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway demonstrate that our work and that of local authorities is producing results.

“A record 89.9 per cent of our young people nationwide are rightly securing opportunities on leaving school, however, one young person not in training or employment is one too many and our work must continue.

“A vibrant Scottish economy needs Scotland’s young people to be a central part of a dynamic workforce and most young Scots want to rise to this challenge.

"That’s why I would urge more employers in Scotland to make our young people their business and take advantage of the support we’ve provided to do so.”

– Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment
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