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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Further snow showers are expected to continue through the morning, easing somewhat during the afternoon.
Strong, bitterly cold winds, with sunny intervals and scattered snow showers.
Old Market Square in Nottingham was a blaze of orange, green and white as hundreds brave the blizzard-like conditions.