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A third of Cornwall visits triggered by TV dramas

Programmes like Doc Martin have brought a third more visitors to Cornwall Credit: ITV News

More than a third of all visits to Cornwall have been triggered by television dramas like Doc Martin or Poldark.

The research by Visit Cornwall said the series had a significant influence on decisions to visit the county.

94% of those who took part in the survey said they wanted to visit the landscape and scenery showcased in the productions.

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Price of milk paid to farmers not expected to rise yet

The price farmers are paid for milk is not expected to rise until the end of this year or early next, according to a government minister.

Cornwall's George Eustice was giving evidence to MPs after a summer of protests by dairy farmers over the price they get for their produce.

A petition calling for the introduction of a minimum price farmers get for their milk triggered this afternoon's one-off parliamentary session.

Farming minister to be quizzed by MPs over dairy prices

George Eustice Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski / PA

The farming minister will be quizzed on the dairy industry by MPs later this afternoon.

George Eustice is being brought before the Agricultural Select Committee where he'll be cross-examined on milk prices. The session will also hear evidence from the National Farmers Union and has been called after more than 50,000 signed a petition asking the Government to introduce a minimum price.

Morrisons announce 'Milk for Farmer's Cheese'

Morrisons have announced their new brand of cheese - after a twenty four hour protest of one of their distribution centres Credit: PA

Morrisons say their new brand of cheese - with more money going to the farmers - will be available from the beginning of October.

"Milk for Farmer's cheese and milk lines", comes after meetings between Farmers for Action and the supermarket following blockades of their distribution centre in Bridgwater.

Morrison's say they're also looking into how they could develop a winter support fund for dairy farmers - another meeting on Friday will determine whether this is possible.

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The farmers blockade is back at Bridgwater

The farmers and their tractors are back blockading the Morrisons Distribution Depot near Bridgwater Credit: Rob Bethell

Farmers are again protesting this evening outside the Morrisons Distribution Centre in Bridgwater.

It comes three days after they agreed to suspend action ahead of talks with the supermarket.

Farmers for Action this afternoon announced they were protesting over delays in negotiations over the price paid for milk used to make cheese.

Morrisons says the plan is still to introduce a new British Brand to help support farmers

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No turning back for farmers fighting for their livelihood

Farmers returned with their tractors to blockade the distribution depot near Bridgwater Credit: ITV News

Farmers are again protesting this evening outside the Morrisons Distribution Centre in Bridgwater.

It comes three days after they agreed to suspend action ahead of talks with the supermarket.

Farmers for Action this afternoon announced they were protesting over delays in negotiations over the price paid for milk used to make cheese.

Here's James Badman from Fathers for Action

Morrisons says the plan is still to introduce a new British Brand to help support farmers but the protesters aren't convinced.

You can watch footage from this evening's protest below:

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Fears for jobs at Somerset paper mill

Staff at the Wansbrough Paper Mill in Watchet have been told the mill could close this December.

It is a major employer in West Somerset with around 170 workers.

It is owned by DS Smith, a lead supplier of paper and packaging across Europe.

DS Smith has released a statement about the proposal:

“Following a review of the long term economic outlook for the Wansbrough paper mill, today we announced to employees at the mill that we are proposing to close Wansbrough Mill and are entering a period of consultation with employee representatives. The process will take into account all possible options for the future of the site.

"This announcement in no way reflects the commitment and efforts of our employees who continue to support our business.

"We will work closely with Union and employee representatives throughout the consultation process to ensure the best possible outcome for all parties. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further until the completion of the consultation process.”

Dairy farmers in talks with supermarket giant

Farmers protesting outside Morrisons' distribution depot near Bridgwater on Monday 25 August Credit: ITV News

Dairy farmers are due to hold a meeting with Morrisons later to discuss whether to commit to a Milk for Farmers cheese brand.

It follows a protest at the supermarket's distribution depot in Bridgwater on Monday night in which dairy farmers called for a fair price for the milk that goes into products like cheese.

Morrisons has already pledged to produce a special milk and cheese brand that would see more money going back to the farmers.

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