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Election fever in the West: PM kicks off campaign in Wiltshire

The Prime Minister has chosen Corsham in Wiltshire to begin his election campaign as the West is an important battleground for all the parties at this election.

Four of the Conservatives' top 50 targets are here in our region, including Chippenham and Wells, lost to the Lib Dems last time, plus Somerton and Frome and Taunton Deane, where the Lib Dem MPs have stood down.

Labour also have four top targets - looking to recover seats lost to the Conservaitives last time in Stroud, Gloucester, Kingswood and South Swindon in particular. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls will be in those areas today.

UKIP believe their best chance is in the Tory-held Forest of Dean, while on paper at least regaining Weston-super-Mare is a Lib Dem target, and the Greens have Bristol West in their sights having had a success at local elections there.

The West Country council "fat cats" who earn more than the Prime Minister

David Cameron earns less than thirty council officials in the South West Credit: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

Thirty so-called 'fat cat' council officials in the South West earn more than David Cameron, according to a report by the Taxpayers' Alliance.

The Prime Minister is paid an annual salary of £142,500 for running the country. But thirty senior council staff in the region earn in excess of £150,000.

Cornwall Council has the most, with a dozen employees getting paid in excess of £100,000 in 2012-13.

And one director at Swindon Council gets paid a salary of £256,268. The Board Director is in charge of Transformation and Strategic Projects for the council.

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Prime Minister visits Bristol school

Prime Minister at the Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton Credit: ITV

Today the Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton as part of his tour of the South West.

He spoke to students at the School's breakfast club. He was joined by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson.

David Cameron and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson talking to school children Credit: ITV

David Cameron visits factory near Stroud

David Cameron spoke to workers at the Renishaw factory near Stroud Credit: ITV News

Prime Minister David Cameron is in the region today. He began his day at a poster launch in Chippenham before visiting an engineering company near Stroud

He spoke to workers at the Renishaw factory in Woodchester.

The visit comes ahead of this month’s Euro and local elections.

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Prime Minister back in the West Country

David Cameron is visiting the west today. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister is due in the region ahead of the elections later this month.

David Cameron was in Gloucestershire in February at the height of the floods. He'll be visiting businesses in the county and will also be speaking to our presenters.

What would you like to ask him? Email your questions to westcountry@itv.com

PM in the West Country to check on flood recovery

David Cameron visited Somerset in February when he took part in a meeting organising the flood relief effort Credit: ITV West Country

The Prime Minister is visiting the West Country today.

David Cameron last visited the region in February when he took part in a meeting of those co-ordinating the flood relief effort in Somerset. Today he'll see how communities and businesses are recovering after the bad weather.

Prime Minister talks tactics in Taunton

The Prime Minister was in our region earlier today, warning that the battle against the floods would be "a long haul".

He was speaking as efforts continue to pump water off the Somerset Levels but with yet more heavy rain forecast.

He visited the emergency co-ordination centre in Taunton and again promised that extra help would be provided if necessary, as our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

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