South Lakes MP Tim Farron has today launched a campaign to save the Kentmere Ward at Westmorland General Hospital, following revelations that the ward could face closure.
Concerns have been raised with Tim that the Partnership Trust, who run the ward, don't have the funding to make upgrades to the ward to meet CQC guidelines.
I/we the undersigned hereby express our opposition to the closure of the Kentmere Ward at Westmorland General Hospital. The ward should be be improved and upgraded, so as to bring it in line with national guidelines, rather than simply closed.
The adult mental health services which this ward provides are hugely important, and the closure of the ward will have severe negative consequences for access to adult mental health care in our area.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has said it is "shocking" that DEFRA minister Liz Truss MP visited local farmers today, without addressing the fact that many of them still haven't received the farm payments administered by her department.
At the beginning of May, there were still hundreds of farmers across Cumbria who had yet to receive their Basic Payment Scheme funds from the Rural Payments Agency, which comes under DEFRA, leaving them in very challenging circumstances. Commons farmers in particular have been very badly hit.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron joined with volunteers from the local Liberal Democrat party to hold a street stall on Saturday to promote the 'Remain' campaign for the European Referendum.
The street stall, held in the centre of Kendal on Saturday afternoon, was an opportunity for Tim and the other volunteers to speak to the public about the upcoming referendum, and to make the case for remaining in Europe.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the election of Cllr Giles Archibald as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats on South Lakeland District Council.
Giles Archibald was elected as the new leader of the group on SLDC at a Lib Dem group meeting, and Giles will also be the Liberal Democrats' nomination for council leader at the Annual Council Meeting this week.