Campaigners calling for a tidal barrage across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary will get to put their case to the government.

Independent MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock won the promise of a ministerial meeting from energy secretary Greg Clark.

Mr Clark has pledged to listen to the business case for the long-discussed barrages as the government promised to write into law a commitment for Britain to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The energy secretary said he would be "very happy" to meet wit the Northern Tidal Powers Gateway group.

The proposed barrages could generate enough energy to power two million homes and radically cut journey times.

The gateway, led by Alan Torevell, would see the installation of an £8.5 billion tidal power gateway bridge that would house more than 130 tidal turbines.

Mr Torevell said: “We greatly appreciate Mr Woodcock’s support and his timely appeal to the minister on our behalf."