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Cider producers back petition handed to Downing Street

Cider producers back petition handed to Downing Street Credit: PA: Barry Batchelor

Cider makers in the south west have backed a petition that's been handed into Downing Street today.

It asks the Government to reject an EU tax on small producers.

The consumer group the Campaign for Real Ale says it will force small cider businesses to close.

Ian Packham from CAMRA spoke to ITV News.

The West Country at Westminster: Queen's Speech, EU referendum

The first West Country at Westminster since the election.

Ian Axton talks to Conservative MP for North Somerset and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw, former Lib Dem MP for Wells Tessa Munt and UKIP parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean and UKIP party director Steve Stanbury.


New Business Secretary comes home to talk jobs

The new Business Secretary grew up on Stapleton Road. Credit: ITV News

New Business Secretary Sajid Javid made his first speech in Bristol this morning, setting out new measures to support entrepreneurs and boost jobs.

Mr Javid grew up in the city, above his parents' shop on Stapleton Road, where he says he learned everything he knows about business.

He was speaking at the Engine Shed business centre at Temple Meads.

I know what it's like to have a small business and I just thought this is the perfect location to come and talk about what we, as government, can do to help. That means also staying out of their way, letting them get on with their job - that's why we spent a lot of time over the last five years deregulating.

– Business Secretary Sajid Javid

First day in the office for West Country's new MPs

The new MPs will be sitting at the House of Commons for the first time. Credit: PA

MPs from the south west will be taking their seats in the Commons today for the first time since the General Election. Among them will be nine new MPs - all Conservative except two; a Labour winner in Bristol West and a woman elected to hold Bristol South's Labour seat after Dawn Primarolo stepped down.


Police: anyone who creates disorder in Bristol protest will be dealt with "robustly"

Avon and Somerset Police have released the following statement ahead of the anti-austerity protest expected to take place in Bristol later this afternoon.

Avon and Somerset police have a long and proud history of facilitating peaceful protests.

We are aware of the plans for an event in Bristol tomorrow and the appropriate policing plan is in place for this.

Anyone who is planning on attending this event to engage in disorder will be dealt with robustly.

– Avon and Somerset Police

Umunna announces leadership bid in Swindon

Labour's Chuka Umunna has announced he will be running for leadership of the party whilst on a visit to Swindon.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Mr Umunna said he had travelled to the town to make the announcement because it was the kind of place where Labour should be winning.

You can see the full video below:

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