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  • Article: Jul 15, 2021

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has secured a meeting with a Health Minister over potential plans to close the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and merge it with the Royal Preston Hospital.

    Last October the Conservative Government announced plans to replace the two hospitals with 'either a single or two hospitals' prompting fears that key health services such as A&E could be moved further away from residents in the South Lakes.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2021

    Last night in Parliament, Cumbrian MP Tim Farron voted for an amendment to the Armed Forces Bill which would require the Government to conduct a formal review of the standards of mental health care available for serving personnel.

    Government figures released last month revealed that the number of service personnel being seen by the Ministry of Defence's Specialist Mental Health Services has fallen by 38 per cent since 2014, and is now the lowest it has ever been.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2021

    This afternoon in the House of Commons, South Lakes MP Tim Farron voted against a Government motion which would cut billions of pounds of life-saving aid to the world's poorest people.

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

  • Article: Jul 8, 2021

    This week in the House of Commons, Cumbrian MP Tim Farron voted in favour of an amendment to the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which would strengthen the punishments for people who attack or abuse retail workers.

    Figures released last month revealed that across Cumbria there were 73 attacks on Tesco staff in 2020/21, up from 48 in the previous year. Since April this year 20 assaults have already been recorded.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2021

    On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, South Lakes MP Tim Farron secured a meeting with the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb, to discuss how the Government can support the outdoor education sector in Cumbria.

    Speaking during an Education Statement in Parliament, Tim said: "A couple of weeks ago I was at the Bendrigg Trust outdoor education centre in my constituency, and it was a massive joy to see residential activities slowly starting again, with young people getting the benefits of outdoor education. It is a reminder of two things.