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MP demands inquiry over fishing quotas

A Devon MP has today demanded an inquiry into the body that regulates fishing quotas.

Geoffrey Cox is accusing the Marine Maritime Organisation of incompetence and says the way it records fish stocks is a joke.

He's been speaking after the sudden ban on landing skate and ray, which make up 70% of the catch off north Devon. The industry there has now collapsed.


Environment Sec to look at dairy farmers' problems

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss at the recent Conservative Party Conference Credit: PA

The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is chairing a meeting this lunchtime to discuss the pressures facing dairy farmers.

Some say the price they are paid for their milk has been cut by as much as 20% in the past six months and, in some cases, is falling below the cost of producing it.


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Could thousands of jobs be coming to Taunton?

This is what the buildings at the business park could look like Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council

4,000 jobs could be created at a new business park planned for Taunton.

The borough council wants to develop land just off junction 25 of the M5. Transport improvements to both the junction and public transport will also be made as part of the scheme.

£3.2 billion naval base investment

The Ministry of Defence has awarded contracts worth more than 3 billion pounds to support the UK's naval bases. Credit: MOD

The MOD has awarded £3.2 billion of contracts to support the management of the UK's naval bases.

The contracts will also cover the maintenance and repair of the Royal Navy’s warships and submarines, which the MOD says will directly sustain more than 7,500 jobs across the UK.

Babcock, which manages Her Majesty’s Naval Bases at Devonport and Clyde, has been awarded a £2.6 billion contract, while BAE Systems, which manages Portsmouth Naval Base, has been awarded a £600 million contract.

The deal brings 5 existing contracts under one framework.

The deal will sustain 7,500 jobs across the country Credit: Crown copyright

These significant contracts represent a strategic investment in the Royal Navy’s essential infrastructure.

Without the stalwart and tireless support provided by each of the 3 naval bases ashore, the ships and submarines of the Royal Navy would not be able to deploy as a credible, strategic and global presence at sea.

– The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas

MOD contracts will sustain 7,500 jobs

The investment will sustain more than 7,500 jobs Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

This huge investment in our naval bases will directly sustain more than 7,500 jobs and skills across the UK and ensure that the Royal Navy’s fleet of 56 warships and submarines are in the best possible condition and available for operations.

Following the £3.5 billion Scout armoured vehicle contract, this is the second biggest defence contract placed by this government and reflects our commitment to giving our armed forces what they need to keep Britain safe.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon
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