The Chancellor of the Exchequer has pledged to "boost public services" and "get Brexit done" as he launched his party's north west manifesto in Cumbria today.

Sajid Javid was joined by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps at the national campaign event held at Cleator Moor Civic Hall.

The Chancellor highlighted the importance of winning seats in the region and said it could be the "most important battleground" of the election.

He said: "The north west is absolutely crucial territory for us. It's clear there's a lot of pride in this area, as there should be. But people here have a lot of questions about whether Westminster has neglected them. It should be no surprise that so many people here voted for Brexit. They wanted change. They wanted their government to listen.

"We have heard. Now we will get Brexit done and end that dither and delay. People want us to end the paralysis so we can get on with their other priorities. If we are elected by the British people on December 12 we will finally leave the European Union in January and will get on with seizing the opportunities that come with it."

The chancellor pledged to invest in the NHS, schools and police.

"We will boost our public services, starting with the NHS, continuing our record investment in the NHS which will mean 50,000 extra nurses and 50 million more GP appointments. We'll also make sure that every child has a great education by increasing funding for every school in the north west. To uphold the rule of law, and fight crime, perhaps my favourite pledge - 20,000 new police officers."

He also said nuclear was a "hugely important industry".

"We need nuclear. We need new nuclear to make sure we have a reliable mix of electricity and energy in the future. We are absolutely committed to nuclear and it is an industry which has our full support."

The transport secretary announced that a Conservative majority government would continue to support and develop a Whitehaven Relief Road scheme.

Trudy Harrison, Copeland's Conservative Parliamentary candidate, said: "To have such senior cabinet members here in Copeland to launch the Conservative's north west manifesto was a significant moment in this campaign and one which made me proud to be the Conservative Parliamentary candidate.

"Cleator Moor was the perfect place as it has a leading reputation for business, with many companies based here, and is one of the towns chosen by the Government to bid for up to £25million to further its transformation."

The transport secretary also met with Mark Jenkinson, Workington's Conservative Parliamentary candidate, to see the work being done to improve the roundabout at the junction between the A595 and the A66 at Great Clifton.

He said: "You can see the extent to which it takes time to get from Workington to anywhere. It's clear that some strategic upgrades could make a big difference and connect Workington up better. I can see how doing some of these upgrades could cut time off people's journeys. We've got an enormous budget in our manifesto for roads."