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Public rally against building in rural Oxfordshire

A coalition of community groups and campaigners is holding its first major rally in David Cameron's constituency of Witney, to protest against the construction of housing developments in rural areas.

Campaigners have gathered in Witney this morning

The Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally are protesting against a planning system which they say has been "defectively changed" over the past two-and-a-half years, to "allow a rash of rampant cynical developer driven building projects which would have been refused permission under the traditional planning criteria."

It comes after a planning application was submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council last year for 200 homes between Witney and Hailey.

Delays continue as Operation Stack remains in place

Travel chaos in East Kent is set to continue this weekend as Operation Stack remains in place today.

Motorists planning on using the coastbound carriageway of the M20 and surrounding routes are warned to expect lengthy delays.

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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

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