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The West Country at Westminster: election, NHS crisis, social media

A new series of our political discussion programme, The West Country at Westminster, kicked off last night with Ian Axton at the helm.

Guests were Duncan Hames, the Lib Dem MP for Chippenham, Thangam Debbonaire, Labour's prospective Parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, and the Conservative hopeful in North Devon, Peter Heaton-Jones.

With the election 100 days away on January 27th, they look ahead to the forthcoming contest and discuss the key priorities, such as the NHS, and the rise of social media - particularly Twitter, following an outburst by another local MP who aired his feelings online.

See the debate here and join in the discussion on Twitter with #wcaw


Today's weather: fine and dry with sunny spells

An atmospheric shot of the river Huntspill on the Somerset Levels Credit: Richard Stewart

A fine and dry winter's day across the region with some patchy cloud and plenty of sunshine. There will be a northwesterly breeze that will ease through the day. Feeling noticeably colder than on New Years Day. Maximum temperature 11 deg C (52 deg F).

Tonight will start mainly dry and cold with winds easing. However, milder, cloudier conditions will gradually encroach from the west with rain arriving later, locally heavy across the moors and hills. Minimum temperature 2 deg C (36 deg F).

Saturday will begin wet and windy with the risk of coastal gales. Rain locally heavy over higher ground. Becoming drier later with winds easing into the evening. Maximum temperature 14 deg C (57 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday: Largely fine and dry on Sunday after a cold start, turning cloudy with patchy rain possible later. Remaining mild, cloudy with some patchy rain at times on Monday and Tuesday.


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