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EXCLUSIVE: ITV West Country shows Ed Balls the Liam Byrne letter

David Cameron today hit out at Labour's Ed Balls after comments he made about the letter left in the Treasury at the end of Labour's last term in office.

The Shadow Chancellor has been quoted today as saying the letter was a "joke". The Prime Minister described that as "frankly appalling".

In a recent interview with ITV West Country, presenter Ian Axton actually showed Mr Balls the letter which has been exclusively filmed by ITV News.

Watch his reaction here:


The Conservative's manifesto - the key points for the West.

Our political correspondent Bob Constantine was there to hear David Cameron launch his manifesto. Here's some of the key points for our area.

Our presenter Ian Axton also looked at the manifesto.

David Cameron back in the West to launch the Conservative Party Manifesto

David Cameron will be launching his manifesto later today Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

David Cameron will be back in the West today to launch the Conservative Party Manifesto.

He's due at venue in Wiltshire - his second visit to the county since the start of the campaign, when he addressed a rally in Corsham.

Students predicted to turn out in huge numbers to vote

University students are expecting to turn out to vote in huge numbers, a new survey has revealed.

A huge 85 per cent of Britain's two million students will cast their ballot next month, rising to 91 per cent in Scotland.

University students are expecting to turn out to vote in huge numbers, a new survey has revealed Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

And as for who they'll vote for - David Cameron tops the poll as the most popular over Ed Miliband in both England and Scotland.

The survey - commissioned by Unite Students, the UK's leading provider of student accommodation - reveals turn out among the student population will be far higher than the total national turnout for the 2010 general election.

But despite the huge interest in voting, students are deeply pessimistic about the likelihood of the election making their lives better.

Two thirds think their lives will be worse - no matter what the outcome of May 7's vote.


Constituency profile: Kingswood

This week has seen both David Cameron and Ed Miliband heading to the Kingswood constituency in Bristol as part of their election campaigns.

Kingswood was one of the shock results of the 2010 election, when the Conservatives took the seat from Labour in one of the biggest swings in the country.

Our political correspondent Bob Constantine takes a look at this important constituency:

Cameron and Clegg campaign for West Country votes

David Cameron spoke at the Bristol and Bath Science Park.

Both Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg were election campaigning in our region again today, after clashing over the coalition's record in Thursday's seven-party debate.

In a speech at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, the Prime Minister committed to lowering taxes and raising the personal tax-free allowance.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrat leader took his campaign to Bath. During his time in the city he said that the Liberal Democrats have served the South West better than the other main party in the past.

He went on to say that opinion polls suggesting they will perform badly at the general election are nonsense.

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