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The West Country at Westminster: Lib Dem leadership debate special edition

Credit: ITV News

See Ian Axton grill the two Lib Dems battling to replace Nick Clegg in the wake of the party's spectacular collapse in the general election - Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.

Questions come in from Lib Dems around our region, but surely the main one is, where does the party go from here?

Chris Dawson is the richest man in West Country

Chris Dawson is the richest man in West Country Credit: ITV News West Country

The richest man in the west country is the founder of the Range stores, Chris Dawson.

That's according to the Sunday Times rich list for the region. Mr Dawson's wealth is valued at a staggering £1.28 billion- a gain of £695 million in the last 12 months.

His Range stores are expected to make an £88 million profit this year

Student's film shows there is life after meningitis

Jonathan Brough in his film "Meningitis and Me" Credit: Plymouth University

A student from Plymouth has made a film about how meningitis has changed his life but won't stop him giving up on his dreams.

Jonathan Brough was in Canada training to be a skiing instructor when he was diagnosed with the condition, and subsequent complications in his treatment left him paralysed from the neck down.

But despite his disability, and the fact he requires round the clock care, he has since fulfilled his dream of pursuing his studies and is now in his final year of a Media Arts degree at Plymouth University.

As one of his final year projects, Jonathan has written and produced a film about his experiences in the hope of raising awareness of the condition, but also to inspire others with a serious disability to think about what they might achieve in the future

West MPs abstain from HS2 vote

There's a campaign for better rail links for the West Country - after a number of the region's MPs didn't back a new high-speed line to the Midlands.

Seven MPs from Devon and Cornwall - including two Conservatives and four Lib Dems abstained in last night's vote on the £50 billion pound HS2 project.

Even supporters of the project argue it must not be at the expense of a faster and more reliable link to the South West, where the main line was cut by storms for eight weeks.

Conservative MP for SE Cornwall Sheryll Murray, and her colleague, Oliver Colville, Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport both abstained from voting:-

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Skin cancer rates double in west country

Skin cancer rates double in west country Credit: ITV News West Country

The number of people with skin cancer across the west country has doubled in the last 20 years.

The figures released today by Cancer Research UK say 15 hundred people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the south west every year.

They're putting the rise down to an increase of people going on package holidays and more people wanting to look tanned.

Skin cancer rates double in west country

Skin cancer rates double in west country Credit: ITV News West Country

The number of people with skin cancer across the west country has doubled in the last 20 years.

The figures released today by Cancer Research UK say 15 hundred people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the south west every year.

They're putting the rise down to an increase of people going on package holidays and more people wanting to look tanned.

  1. Kate Haskell, weather presenter

To smog or not to smog!

The most severe air pollution is now expected in the east of England (purple). Credit: Met Office

You may have heard in the news that pollution levels are high at the moment but why is that and when will it clear?

Well, it's a combination of dust from the Sahara, blown in on South Easterly winds, along with high pollution levels from Europe mixed in with our own pollution from car fumes etc.

Add to that the fact we have relatively high pressure in charge at the moment and that acts like a lid trapping the dust in the atmosphere. This makes for some unpleasant conditions for those with breathing difficulties such as asthma and the advice is not to exercise outside today.

Now it's not often I say this, but thankfully a cold front is on the way, this will not only introduce unsettled conditions but also clearer air with the winds swinging around to the South West so pollution levels should fall over the next few days.

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