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  • Article: Apr 27, 2022

    Local MP Tim Farron has urged the Government to get a grip on the cancer crisis after new figures revealed the "horrific" extent of waiting times in South Cumbria.

    New research from the House of Commons Library, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown:

    • This winter, from November 2021 to February 2022 almost 1,500 patients in Morecambe Bay waited longer than two weeks to see a consultant after an urgent cancer referral from their GP.
    • 1,555 people waited longer than 28 days to get a cancer diagnosis from a specialist after an urgent referral from their GP.
    • Furthermore, 114 people, waited a month or more to begin their first treatment after a decision to treat the cancer.
    • Even more worryingly 262 are waiting two months or more to start cancer treatment after a referral.
  • Article: Apr 26, 2022

    On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, South Lakes MP Tim Farron quizzed ministers over their decision to cut Britain's armed forces, in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    Speaking during Foreign Office questions in Parliament, Tim said: "Britain's army is smaller than it's been at any time for 200 years, and we currently have plans to reduce to our armed forces by a further 20,000 individuals.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2022

    On the floor of the House of Commons this week, South Lakes MP Tim Farron urged Conservative backbenchers to remove the Prime Minister after Boris Johnson was fined for breaking his own lockdown laws.

    Tim also criticised some Conservative MPs for "hiding behind the suffering of the people in Ukraine as an excuse not to take action now".

  • Article: Apr 20, 2022

    Last night in the House of Commons, South Lakes MP Tim Farron to end the ongoing scandal of sewage being dumped into England's lakes and rivers.

    Tim's bill would ban water companies from dumping sewage into rivers and legislate to name and shame the companies found to poison animals.

    Under the new bill, water companies would be forced to publish quarterly figures of how many animals have been forced to swim in sewage polluted rivers.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2022

    Today, Liberal Democrats have launched their election manifesto for the new Westmorland and Furness Council.

    The new council will take over the existing district councils in Eden, South Lakeland and Barrow, as well as the county council.

    The number one priority for Liberal Democrats in the manifesto is making sure that local residents have a much bigger say in how local services are run, including devolving power, decision making and finances to local areas.