Proposals from Boundary Commission for England to change several parliamentary constituency boundaries may have an effect on Cumbria.

For Cumbria, the main impact could potentially be seen in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency, a Liberal Democrat stronghold held by former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP, which will be split up and mixed with parts of the Penrith and the Border constituency, a safe seat for the Conservative Party, held by Dr. Neil Hudson MP

The proposal of borders would also see Windermere and Ambleside, currently in Westmorland and Lonsdale, become part of a 'Copeland and the Western Lakes' constituency.

Tim Farron MP said: “Only someone who has never been to Cumbria would draw up boundaries that put Windermere in with Whitehaven and Kirkby Lonsdale in with Alston!

"But however ridiculous these proposals are, they are only draft proposals and whatever seats eventually do get agreed, we will fight and fight to win, we’ve won Westmorland 5 times against the odds so far, so we’ll do it again.”

Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, said: "I shall be meeting with Ministers to discuss the opportunities particularly around agriculture and tourism, transport and digital connectivity with immediate effect however, the boundaries are far from set in stone

"There will now begin an 8 week written consultation period on the initial proposals which will close at the beginning of August., there will be a secondary consultation period of six weeks which will include public hearings in the early part of next year. The Commission will then decide whether to revise their initial proposals."