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  • Article: Jun 14, 2021

    South Lakes MP has spearheaded a letter signed by over 60 MPs, heads of medical colleges and leading oncologists, calling on the Prime Minister to prevent tens of thousands of needless cancer deaths.

    It comes as the latest figures from NHS England reveal that in March just 52% of cancer patients in the Morecambe Bay CCG area started their treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral - the second lowest rate in the country.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2021

    In Parliament this week, South Lakes MP Tim Farron encouraged ministers to allow local headteachers to decide how funds to help pupils to catch-up with their education should be spent.

    It comes after the education recovery commissioner for England, Sir Kevan Collins, resigned over the lack of "credible" Covid catch-up funding provided by the Government.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2021

    On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, South Lakes MP Tim Farron made the case for outdoor education to be a key part of the Government's plans to help children catch up with their learning this summer.

    Tim encouraged ministers to look at a proposal drawn up by Cumbrian charity Brathay about bringing outdoor education professionals to come into schools to re-engage children with learning and support their mental health.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2021

    This Carers Week, South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic.

    More than 9,700 people in Westmorland and Lonsdale are looking after elderly, disabled or vulnerable people. Data from Carers UK shows 64% of carers have not been able to take any sort of a break during the pandemic.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2021

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has signed an amendment to the Advanced Research and Innovation Agency Bill calling on the Government not to slash £4bn from the International Aid budget.

    The Government have been widely criticised for the move, having promising to maintain international aid spending at 0.7% of national spending in their manifesto during the last general election.