Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited the JCB factory in Rocester, Staffordshire today. The manufacturer will be opening new factories in the region and creating 2,500 new jobs.
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After a wet and windy start, rain will clear to the north to leave it dry, with easing winds but largely cloudy skies.
Early rain will clear northwards during the morning, allowing drier conditions behind.
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