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Farron calls for fair deal for hill farmers

Local MP, Tim Farron, highlighted the need on Wednesday for hill farmers to be given a fair deal by the Government. The Hill Farm Allowance, which rewards hill farmers for their stewardship of the land, is due to be replaced by a new reward structure in 2007. DEFRA is currently carrying out a consultation process on the new system.

12 May 2006
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MP raises threat to Westmorland General heart unit in House of Commons debate

Local MP Tim Farron raised the threat to the Westmorland General Hospital's heart unit in a debate on the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon. Tim used the debate on health to point out that while up to £30 billion is being wasted on the excessive and unfinished 'Connecting for Health' computer system, the Coronary Care Unit at the Westmorland General is under threat because the Hospitals Trust is being forced to seek cuts.

9 May 2006
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Release of Single Farm Payments welcomed - but concerns expressed about interest on stop-gap loans

Local MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming, Tim Farron, has welcomed today's announcement by new DEFRA minister David Miliband that 85% of Single Farm Payments will be made by the end of the week. However, Mr Farron remains critical of the length of time it has taken to make these payments, and is concerned that many local farmers have had to shoulder the cost of commercial loans as a stop gap while waiting for their Single Farm Payments.

9 May 2006
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Tim Farron MP in 6-a-side football tournament

MP stands tall in goal!

Local MP Tim Farron recently took part in a six a-side football competition organised by 'Ambassadors in Sport' and helped his side to a respectable third place in the tournament.

30 Apr 2006
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