On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, Home Secretary Priti Patel agreed to meet with local MP Tim Farron and Lake District hospitality leaders to address the urgent staffing crisis in the industry.
The latest research conducted by Cumbria Tourism found that 85% of businesses in the sector are struggling with recruitment issues.
Commenting on the Government's Integrated Rail Plan for the North and the Midlands, local MP Tim Farron said: "It's absolutely gobsmacking that the Government have published a 162 page rail plan for the North, with not a single mention whatsoever of Cumbria.
"Meanwhile they've shamefully axed plans for HS3 from Manchester to Leeds, which would have been so beneficial to improving East-West connectivity in the North, which quite frankly is far more important than making it a bit quicker to get to London.
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