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Watch: local charity's film goes national

Lori Carnochan went to meet the team behind Carlisle MENCAP's new film, which encourages people with disabilities to vote.

MENCAP film: hear from the filmmakers

Carlisle MENCAP hope their new film will inspire people with learning disabilities to vote.

And the filmmaking process itself was worthwhile, according to those who put the video together.

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Giving people with learning disabilities a voice

Hear Our Voice event in Carlisle.

Hear Our Voice is a national campaign by MENCAP, aimed at giving people with disabilities a voice in the run up to the General Election.

The aim is to make sure that learning disabilities are firmly on the agenda of all political parties.

There are 1.4 million people across the UK who have a learning disability and they want their issues to be heard by local and national politicians.

Today was the launch of a film they've produced, which you can watch here.

The campaign aims to give people with learning disabilities a voice.

Carlisle MENCAP film encourages disabled people to vote

The aim is to encourage disabled people to vote. Credit: Carlisle MENCAP

A film made in Cumbria to encourage disabled people to vote will be distributed across the UK.

500 copies will be sent to disabled people and groups ahead of May's general election.

That's because the quality of the film, and message behind it, have been approved by the Cabinet Office, which has agreed to fund it.

The film called "Voting - hear my voice" was made at Carlisle's MENCAP centre.

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Borderers urged to make sure they vote in Referendum

Counting Officer for the Scottish Borders Council Area, Tracey Logan is urging voters to make sure they cast their vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September to ensure their views are counted.

Voting opens on Thursday 18th September Credit: PA

“If you are voting in person at your designated polling station on Thursday – please just take a few minutes to plan when you are going to vote. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm but make sure you leave plenty time before the 10pm deadline. Anyone that arrives after 10pm, by law, will not be able to vote."

– Tracey Logan
  • Total electorate for the Scottish Borders Council Area - 95,533
  • Number of polling places in the Scottish Borders Council Area – 108
  • Number of ballot boxes - 176 from polling stations, plus 22 postal vote boxes
  • Number of election staff - 381 working in polling stations and 190 working at the count
  • Number of postal votes issued – 14,628 (excluding postal proxy votes)
  • Total postal proxy voters – 41
  • Total proxy voters - 979
  • Total number of registered under 18 voters in the Borders – 2,539

ITV Fixers talks young people's politics

Many 16-year-olds in the south of Scotland will be able to vote next year in the Referendum on Independence.

Their counterparts south of the border have to wait two years before they can vote in anything.

Extending voting rights to sixteen year old is even being discussed in Westminster - but are young people interested?

In our latest Fixers update - three Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament are urging their peers to get interested in politics.

Result is a "victory for independent politics"

Outgoing Leaderdale and Melrose Councillor Nicholas Watson says the result in the by-election shows that voters are looking for more local representation, after his party colleague Iain Gillespie won his seat.

Mr Watson has moved to Cumbria to continue working as a clock maker and farmer.

"It is gratifying to know that the Borders Party isn't just about me and my colleague Sandy Aitchison, it is also about an idea whose time has come, people are fed up with national politics in local government and people really want to put in local government, they really want to revive independent politics."

– Nicholas Watson, Outgoing Leaderdale and Melrose Councillor
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