CUMBRIAN MP's have agreed to continue to meet and push for key issues in the county.

With a few new faces in the county's MP line-up, Simon Fell (Barrow), Trudy Harrison (Copeland), Dr Neil Hudson (Penrith and the Border), Mark Jenkinson (Workington) and John Stevenson (Carlisle) have agreed to continue their frequent meetings to promote Cumbria in Westminster.

Workington MP Mark Jenkinson said: “I was pleased to see that there was an established mechanism for Cumbrian MPs to work together on joint projects; creating a stronger voice in Westminster for our county.

"Issues such as infrastructure have knock on benefits to other constituencies and this joined up approach can only benefit Cumbria.”

Carlisle MP John Stevenson added: “Cumbrian MPs have always worked together for the benefit of Cumbria, when they can find common ground and in previous parliaments this has paid dividends.

"I am pleased that these discussions and common projects will continue to drive growth and success in Cumbria.”

And Copeland MP Trudy Harrison echoed their thoughts, saying: “It is great to be working with colleagues who share a common ambition for Cumbria, working together without the divisions of politics ensures the focus is on progress.”

Barrow MP Simon Fell said that these meetings were crucial to ensure 'Cumbria’s voice is heard in Westminster'.

He added: "It was great to have the Northern Powerhouse Minister along to our meeting so that we could let him know about our priorities, and how we’re working together to ensure that no part of Cumbria is left behind.”

And Penrith and the Border MP Neil Hudson said: “It was great to get together as ‘Team Cumbria’ this week to discuss our priorities and how we can work together to achieve the best results for Cumbria.

"It was great to be joined by Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse Minister, to discuss things like transport, tourism and funding initiatives that will bolster our area.”

The Cumbrian MPs will aim to meet monthly as a group. They will invite relevant leaders from Cumbria to Westminster to discuss topical issues.