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  • Article: May 25, 2021

    Last night in the House of Commons, local MP Tim Farron voted to force multinational corporations to pay their fair share of tax in the UK.

    Tim voted for an amendment to the Government's Finance Bill, which would see Britain back US President Joe Biden's calls for a minimum rate of corporation tax to apply across the world.

  • Article: May 25, 2021

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has accused the Government of selling out British farming after it emerged that MPs would not get to scrutinise the UK's trade deal with Australia before it is signed.

    Last night the Department for International Trade issued a tweet, saying: "We have always been clear Parliament will be able to scrutinise Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) following signature, rather than at the stage where agreement in principle is reached."

  • Article: May 21, 2021

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has written to the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, urging him to pay teachers for the extra marking and assessments they are having to undertake after external exams were scrapped.

    Last month, Tim contacted the Secretary of State about the issue of schools paying up to £110,000 to exam boards, despite there being no externally marked A-Level or GCSE exams this summer.

  • Article: May 20, 2021

    Commenting on the Government's new sweeping rail reforms announced this morning, local MP and chair of the rail group Cumbria Better Connected Tim Farron said: "For too long, rail passengers in Cumbria have suffered at the hands of a fragmented and broken franchise system.

    "When the timetable fiasco a few years ago led to services on the Lakes Line being pulled for an entire month, we saw rail companies allowed to pass the buck and dodge responsibility from the chaos that they created that summer.

  • Article: May 19, 2021

    Local MP Tim Farron has written to the Home Secretary Priti Patel, urging her to introduce a new visa to fix the crisis in staff shortages across the Lake District hospitality and tourism industry.

    New Research from Cumbria Tourism revealed that in April, 34% of businesses were concerned about recruiting staff due to factors including staff moving on during the pandemic, post-Brexit immigration policy changes, current travel restrictions and many businesses hiring at the same time.