Farron speaks at Ladies' Dinner Club
South Lakes MP Tim Farron gave the after-dinner speech at the Kendal Ladies' Dinner Club last night. The meeting was their first of the New Year, as well as their first at their new venue at the Carus Green Golf Club House.
Tim joined the group for dinner, before giving the after-dinner speech. He spoke about how he first got involved in politics, from signing up to the Liberal Party as a teenager through to becoming a local councillor and then MP. This was then followed by a Q&A session. The topics raised ranged from the challenges of finding your way around Parliament as a new MP, through to what Tim's job involves on a daily basis.
The main issue which was discussed was the pressure the NHS is under, and the need for a cross-party consensus about how to best protect the service. Tim also set out the case for an Urgent Care Centre at Westmorland General, to relieve the pressure on the A&E at Lancaster.
Tim said: "It was great to join the Kendal Ladies' Dinner Club last night, and to discuss with them the issues they care about. We talked about the creation of our NHS after WWII, and the situation that the system now faces. There is clearly real concern about local NHS services. The A&E at Lancaster faces a real crisis, which is why I am pushing for an Urgent Care Centre in Kendal to help relieve this pressure.
"I wish the Dinner Club every success with the rest of their programme for the year ahead!"