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Labour's deputy leader defends party's road plans

With less than a week to go until the general election Harriet Harman has been campaigning in the south west.

Ian Axton asks Labour's deputy leader about her party's plans to delay the dual A358 link between the M5 and A303.

The party has made a manifesto pledge to use the money that the Conservatives would spend on the road to freeze rail fares instead.

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Labour's deputy leader visits the South West - but where is Ed Miliband?

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman is in the region today as the party looks to increase it's presence in the South West.

Labour currently hold two seats - Exeter and Plymouth Moorview but the party is targeting Plymouth for possible gains.

With the general election just around the corner, ITV West Country's Ian Axton quizzed Harriet Harman about when the Labour leader Ed Miliband would be visiting Devon and Cornwall.

You can watch more of the interview on tonight's show at 6pm.

Cameron in Cornwall on the election campaign

David Cameron has made his first visit to Cornwall tonight since the start of the election campaign. But one of several he's made to the county since New Year's Day as it's a key battle ground.

Health was once again highlighted as one of the big issues at the ballot box.

Steve Hardy reports.

Ed Balls defends £3000 cost of new Minimum Wage to small businesses

Labour's Ed Balls said today his new policy of cutting business rates for small firms would save each business an average of £400 a year.

In an interview with Ian Axton of ITV News he was asked if those same businesses could afford the £3000 per employee cost of increasing the Mimimum Wage to £8 an hour.

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Ethnic minority vote could decide 2015 general election

Voters from ethnic minority communities could decide who wins the next general election, according to research.

Cross-party group Operation Black Vote found that there are 168 marginal seats in England and Wales where ethnic minority voters out number the majority of the sitting MP.

It is thought the findings are linked to a radical demographic shift, the Guardian reported.

The findings will be of concern to the Tories who received 16% of the ethnic minority vote in the last election in comparison to Labour who secured 68%.

The constituencies in question are in both urban and suburban areas.

For example:

  • Bristol East: Labour have a majority of 3,772 and an ethnic minority electorate of 11,420
  • Cardiff Central: Liberal Democrats have a majority of 4,570 and an ethnic minority electorate of 12,445
  • North Warwickshire: Conservative majority of 36 votes and an ethnic minority electorate of 3,381