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  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called for the postnatal ward in Kendal to be reopened and for the maternity unit to be open 24/7 after new figures revealed a sharp drop in babies being born at the ward.

    Since Kendal's maternity unit at Helme Chase switched to an on-call system overnight and at weekends in 2014, along with the closing of the postnatal ward, the number of babies being born at the ward has dropped by almost 50%.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Controversial plans to withdraw overnight mental health psychiatrists in Cumbria have been scrapped, following a campaign from local MP Tim Farron.

    Plans from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust leaked to the MP by a whistleblower, showed that from this Tuesday, mental health consultant psychiatrists would not be called out to respond to Mental Health Act assessments between the hours of 8pm and 9am for people outside of their own homes - such as A+E, care homes, or police stations.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2017

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called for the Financial Conduct Authority to impose heavy penalties for banks that don't help customers who have been scammed to get their money back.

    The Cumbrian MP has put down a motion in the House of Commons after being contacted by Jane and Stephen Caldwell from Arnside who had lost over £100,000 through a banking scam earlier this year.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has criticised the Government for failing local people when it comes to broadband coverage.

    New figures from the consumer rights group Which? revealed that 1 in 4 people in Westmorland and Lonsdale have less than 4.0Mbps broadband connection.

    The average household speed in the area is just 10.9Mbps, compared to the national average of 17Mbps

  • Article: Oct 12, 2017

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron will host his next advice surgery this Friday at the Asda Café in Kendal from 10am to 11am.

    There is no need to book an appointment - you can simply turn up and speak to Tim.

    Tim said: "I would encourage any local residents who have any concerns they wish to raise with me to come along to the surgery on Friday.