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  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, local MP Tim Farron made the case for the Environment Agency's flood relief scheme for the River Kent to go ahead.

    Speaking during a debate on the environment, Tim said: "Our communities are still reeling four years on from the catastrophic floods of Storm Desmond. Indeed, in the last decade or so we have been hit by three floods, each of which was classified as a one-in-200-year event. Storm Desmond flooded 7,500 homes and more than 1,000 businesses.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling for a pause on plans for a coal mine in Cumbria, after a new report undermined the case for it not having a negative effect on the environment.

    A report published today from the independent thinktank Green Alliance, found that there is no evidence that the greenhouse gas emissions of the mining operations would be "broadly carbon neutral", as claimed during the planning process.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2020

    On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, local MP Tim Farron ramped up his campaign to get a tax loophole closed which sees some second homeowners get away with paying no council tax whatsoever by pretending to be a small business.

    A Government consultation on closing the loophole ended last January, but 12 months later and they are still yet to make a decision.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has accused the Government of decimating hill farming in Cumbria after they refused to extend a payment scheme which is considered a lifeline for farmers.

    At the Oxford farming conference last week, DEFRA Secretary Theresa Villiers dismissed calls from the National Farmers Union and others to delay the phase-out of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), which currently makes up 85% of the income of English livestock farmers.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the Transport Secretary to "sack Northern" following the announcement that Northern will be unable to continue in the long-term.

    However, the Government is considering awarding Northern a short-term contract, a decision local MP Tim Farron has described as the "unthinkable."