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UWE careers fair buzzing as SW unemployment falls

8000 more people in the region have managed to find a job in the last month, according to figures released today.

Across the region there are now 127,000 people still out of work. The number has fallen over the past three months.

Today's careers fair at UWE. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

At the University of the West of England, 3000 students are expected at a careers fair today, from the first to third year. 130 employers are there: more wanted to come but the fair was fully booked.

UWE student Natalia Rudd, 23. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

"I definitely think a degree is the chance of getting a job. And I need to start paying off my loan."

– Natalia Rudd, aspiring radiotherapist
UWE student Stanley Furniss, 22. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

"I think jobs fairs are ideal for getting in front of prospective employers. I'm confident I will find a job this way."

– Stanley Furniss, aspiring architect
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Environment Secretary meets Level's flood hit farmers

Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, has been in Somerset to see the progress that has been made since the floods. Credit: ITV News West Country

The government's Environment Secretary has been visiting the somerset levels.

Elizabeth Truss MP, looked at the culvert work at Beer Wall and later met farmers who have received money from the Farm Recovery Fund.

Elizabeth Truss MP meets beneficiaries of the Flood Recovery Fund. Credit: ITV News West Country
Culvert work is ongoing at Beer Wall. Credit: ITV News West Country

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David Laws attacks coalition partners

Yeovil's Liberal Democrat MP, David Laws, who's considered close to leader Nick Clegg, has made a strong attack on coalition partners the Conservatives. Addressing the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, he accused the Prime Minister and Chancellor of being "eccentric and irresponsible" over plans to freeze benefits to help fund tax cuts for the better-off.

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Donation increased after Hague called Aaron Banks 'a nobody'

Former Tory Party donor Aaron Banks has given Ukip £1 million. Credit: ITV News

Former Tory party donor and insurance businessman Aaron Banks said that he increased his donation to Ukip from £100,000 to £1 million after allegations that former Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague called him "a nobody".

Prime Minister talks to ITV Westcountry

The Prime Minister has told us the Tories are capable of winning an outright majority at the next election - and ruled out doing any kind of deal with UKIP in the wake of the defection of two of his MPs.

It comes on the day George Osborne told the Tory Party Conference he would freeze benefits paid to people of working age - if the party win the next election.

Watch the Prime Minister's interview with our political correspondent Bob Constantine:

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Badger protesters rally outside Conservative conference

Protesters against the badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire have been demonstrating outside the Conservative conference in Birmingham.

Delegates were greeted by calls for the culls to be abandoned. The subject is expected to be raised during a debate and fringe meeting on rural affairs tomorrow (Monday).

West MPs back government air strikes against Iraq

Just over a year after he lost a vote on military action against Syria, David Cameron was today appealing to MPs to support air strikes against Iraq. He said the Iraqi government had asked for help in targetting Islamic State extremists, who also posed a threat to this country.

West MPs who voted against the government last time said they would support action now.

Martin Horwood, Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham wants a statutory framework set out the circumstances in which parliament votes:

And Richard Graham, Conservative MP for Gloucester says he's backing the action after the Iraqi government asked for our help:

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UKIP Leader says they have strong support in the SW

Nigel Farage says he can win more seats in the South West Credit: PA

UKIP is holding its annual conference in Doncaster today and the party leader says he can win more seats in the West Country.

Nigel Farage says the party will be targeting resources on areas where it has the best chance of success in next year's general election. He says the European elections - when UKIP retained two MEPs in the region - showed there is strong support in the south west.

North Somerset MP wants to get tough on those who take a "jihad gap year"

As MPs debate whether to approve airstrikes against Iraqi militants, the former defence secretary and North Somerset MP Liam Fox, told the Commons today that British citizens who fight for the Islamic State extremists cannot expect to take a "jihad gap year" and not face prosecution.

Dr Fox called on political and religious leaders in Iraq and Syria to do more to explain that I.S. is what he called a "distortion of Islam":-

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