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Sir Graham Watson blames 'difficult emergence from recession' for defeat

Sir Graham Watson has blamed the difficult period after the recession for the Lib Dem's poor showing at the European Elections.

He lost his seat, with UKIP holding two seats, and the Green Party gaining their first ever in the South West. It's the end of a 20 year spell as an MEP for the 58 year old.

The Liberal Democrats now have no seats in the South West at the European Parliament.

Polls open for Euro and local elections

Polls open for Euro and local elections Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

It's polling day across the south west - with Euro elections taking place - and, in many areas, local elections.

In Cornwall voters are making a little bit of history by taking part in the first UK trial of recyclable cardboard polling booths.

Seven hundred will be in use across the county. Polling stations are open until ten o'clock tonight.

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BT to recruit 200 engineers across South West

BT to recruit 200 engineers across South West Credit: ITV News West Country

BT have announced plans to recuit up to two hundred engineers across the south west. It's all part of the companies roll out of high speed broadband across the region and says it's hoping many of the roles could be filled by women and former service personnel

Poll says 26% of region would consider fostering

26% of people in south west would consider fostering Credit: ITV News West Country

People in the South west are among the most likely in England to consider becoming a foster parent. That's according to a new poll by The Fostering Network. The charity says 26 percent of adults would contemplate becoming carers - two percent more than the UK average.

The survey also found that 75 per cent of residents in the South West's residents felt positive about foster carers and their role.

Dramatic rise in skin cancer rates

Dramatic rise in skin cancer rates Credit: ITV News West Country

The rates of people diagnosed with skin cancer are now five times higher than 40 years ago, according to Cancer Research UK.

More than 13,000 people now develop the disease every year compared with around 1,800 in 1975.

They say the rise is partly down to an explosion in package holidays to Europe and the increasing popularity of the “must-have” tan often achieved only after damaging sunburn. The boom in sunbed use has also helped to fuel the increase in skin cancer.

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Surge of scarlet fever in the South West

New figures have revealed an alarming rise in the number of cases of scarlet fever in the South West.

The number of cases of scarlet fever has increased by almost a quarter in the last year. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

According to Public Health England, there were 239 cases in 2013 to 2014 compared to 96 in 2012 to 2013.

Since last year there's been an increase of 23.5% in the number of scarlet fever cases in the South West.

The agency says it's investigating the reasons behind the increase.

Surge of scarlet fever in the South West

New figures have revealed an alarming rise in the number of cases of scarlet fever in the South West.

The number of cases of scarlet fever has increased by almost a quarter in the last year. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

According to Public Health England, there were 239 cases in 2013 to 2014 compared to 96 in 2012 to 2013.

Since last year there's been an increase of 23.5% in the number of scarlet fever cases in the South West.

The agency says it's investigating the reasons behind the increase.

Fisherman want Scallop stocks assessment

British and French fishermen are calling on the government for more scientific studies into Scallop stocks in the channel. It comes after they met in Brixham this week to discuss the sustainability of scallops.

It's an industry that's worth 54 million pounds in the UK. The two day conference was set up to encourage the two countries to work together.

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