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Our own Fred Dinenage speaks to David Cameron with the general election on the horizon

The Prime Minister made a timely visit to the region today, on the eve of 100 days to the General Election.

He was at a community centre in Hampshire making a speech on the Conservative Party's manifesto.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday the 7th of May, with the NHS, the economy and immigration all key issues.

Never before has an election contest been so unpredictable. Fred spoke to David Cameron earlier today:

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Commuters speak up aboard the 'train of shame'

Millions of us take to the roads, trains and buses every day. But how much of an issue will transport play during the election. There are certainly some controversial issues like extra airport runways, HS2 and the current crowding on the roads and trains. Well to find out our Transport correspondent Mike Pearse took a ride on the worst performing train in Britain, the 0729 from Brighton to Victoria.

Mike Pearse spoke to the following people: AA President Edmund King, Gatwick Campaigner Sally Pavey, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport Stuart Wingate, and Stephen Joseph from Campaign for Better Transport.

Prime Minister: 'I want to take part in TV debates'

Prime Minister David Cameron has told ITV News Meridian that he will take part in televised debates before the General Election.

The Tory party leader said in his interview with Fred Dinenage he was happy to take part as long as his request for the Green Party to be involved in the debate were met.

He made his comments during a visit to a community centre in Bursledon in Hampshire.

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Cameron: Churchill 'greatest ever Prime Minister'

David Cameron in front of a painting of Winston Churchill at the St Stephen's Club in London. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive

David Cameron has hailed "Britain's greatest ever prime minister" in a video marking the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death.

The Prime Minister quoted from the wartime leader's "we shall never surrender" in a video recorded at his birthplace in Blenheim Palace.

He called on Twitter users to respond with their favourite Churchill "quotes" - and said: "We owe him everything."

Cameron hailed Churchill's decision to fight on against Hitley in May 1940 - a decision that "saved our country and arguably saved the world" - and referenced the speech he made shortly after.

My favourite quotation from Churchill is the one he made shortly after that momentous decision in May 1940: 'We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight them on the landing grounds, we shall fight them on the streets and in our fields, we shall fight them in the hills. We shall never surrender'.

– David Cameron on his favourite Churchill quote

Isle of Wight MP survives 'no confidence' vote

The Isle of Wight's Conservative MP, Andrew Turner, has survived an attempt by his own party to force him to stand down as a general election candidate.

Mr Turner has represented the island for 14 years Credit: ITV

The Island's Conservative executive council voted against a motion of no confidence and chose to retain Mr Turner as their candidate in May's General Election.

Mr Turner has represented the island for 14 years.

After a lively, three-hour debate, members of the Conservative party agreed to give him their support, despite calls for him to step down following allegations about second home expenses and his personal life.

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Fred and Sangeeta want your 'Election selfies'

As you know, there's a real trend for 'selfies' at the moment.

We've had the group selfie (remember that one at the Oscars?) and then there was the no make-up selfie!

But as we head towards the General Election on 7 May, we thought: wouldn't it be great if you could tell us and the politicians about issues that are important to you? Please send us your "Election selfie' to itvnewsmeridian@itv.com

Memories of Sir Winston Churchill on 50th anniversary of death

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, the man who saw Great Britain through her darkest hour and led the country to victory.

350 million around the world tuned in to watch Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral when it took place in 1965.

In the second of ITV Meridian's anniversary reports, you will hear memories of the monumental statesman from his grandson, the MP for mid-Sussex Sir Nicholas Soames.

There will also be reflections from his great-grandson Randolph Churchill who still lives near the family home of Chartwell.

Sarah Saunders has more:

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