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  • Article: Apr 26, 2017

    South Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has backed a report, published today, which slams the government's school funding policy. He has accused the government of pursuing an ideologically-driven agenda to promote new free schools while cuts mean Cumbria faces the loss of over 600 teachers by 2020.

    The cross-party parliamentary report blasts the government's agenda as "incoherent" and "too often poor value for money", and criticises the decision to prioritise the building of 500 new free schools while existing schools are in poor condition. It argues that "there is a tension between setting up new free schools and

  • Article: Apr 26, 2017

    Figures released today show that South Lakeland has the lowest level of obesity of any area in Cumbria. South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed this news, but insists that far more still needs to be done to tackle the obesity crisis.

    Across Cumbria, one in five Year 6 children are obese, the data reveals. However, in South Lakeland the figure is closer to one in six children, meaning that it has the lowest rate of any area in Cumbria. This figure is the equivalent of over 400 children in South Lakeland, and over 2700 across the county.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2017

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has today called for Crown Court work to take place at Kendal Court. This would save money and offer a lifeline to Kendal Court, which is currently earmarked for closure.

    The Magistrates' Court in Carlisle was damaged by floods, leading to plans to extend the Crown Court so that it could cover this business. It is estimated that this would cost the taxpayer £8million.

  • CFJ
    Article: Apr 25, 2017

    Local MP Tim Farron has paid tribute to Clare Feeney Johnson who is stepping down the County Council after 8 years of service. Clare continues as a Liberal Democrat District and Town councillor serving Kendal Nether ward.

    Tim said: "Clare has been a brilliant County Councillor - her energy contrasts with the general image that most people have of councillors! Clare gets things done, listens to people and uses her experience to get the best deal for local people.

  • Tim at Westmorland General Hospital
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Local MP Tim Farron has today visited Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal. Tim has warned that the Conservatives' plans are a threat to local health services and the hospital, adding that only the Lib Dems have a plan to properly fund local health services.

    Tim was today shown around a number of hospital wards, as well as meeting with staff to discuss the issues that the hospital faces.