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MP's fears for Newquay Airport following Lib Dem vote

Stephen Gilbert fears Newquay Airport could be squeezed out Credit: ITV News

Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay, says he's disappointed that his party has approved a policy which he says could squeeze out services from Newquay airport.

The party conference voted against further expansion of runways in the south east. and Mr Gilbert argues this means that major airports there will be forced to concentrate on long-haul flights at the expense of internal flights to regional airports.

£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

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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

Thousands of jobs secured at Devonport Naval Base

HMS Ocean arrives into the docks at Royal Naval Base Devonport Plymouth Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Ministry of Defence has awarded contracts worth more than 3 billion pounds to support the UK's naval bases. It means up to 4 thousand jobs will be maintained at Devonport in Plymouth. The contracts cover submarine and warship maintenance.

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.

– First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas

Exeter hosts information day on shared ownership

First-time buyers in Exeter who cannot afford a new property are being offered shared ownership. Details about shares of up to 80% of the market value are available this afternoon (1- 7pm) at an information session at the Guildhall.

It is being run by the City Council in partnership with the government agency, 'Help To Buy South West'.

Grain exports resume from Plymouth

This shipment consisted of 2600 tonnes of milling oats and was carried by MV Fri Lake. Credit: Wessex Grain

The first shipment of local grain to leave Plymouth in two years has been shipped to Germany.

The shipment from producers in Devon and Cornwall was organised by Wessex Grain and consisted of milling oats bound for the German market.

“There has been a good crop of oats this year and we have been exploring the best ways to serve our customers in Devon and Cornwall and ensure that they get the highest possible price. Moving the oats by ship out of Plymouth gives us access to markets outside the UK, and is much more efficient than moving it by road in the UK to one of the two mills for oats in this country.

– Simon Wilcox, MD, Wessex Grain

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Recruitment Agency say downturn in tourism is greater than other years

Recruitment agency Manpower UK says the downturn in tourism employment across the South West this year is greater now than it has been for years. Manpower UK says their survey shows a majority of employers in the South West won't be taking on new staff.

James Hick is from Manpower UK:

They say the South West will lag behind the rest of the country. The powerhouse of London and the South East are predicted to do well and manufacturing in the East and West Midlands gives the area a huge boost. But employment growth in the South West is predicted to stall.

Manpower UK say some employers have stopped trying to find IT workers, engineers and financiers because they know the skills they're looking for don't exist. Contraction there and saturation of the tourism employment market explains why businesses aren't expecting growth in jobs.

Unemployment rises in the South West

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen despite a decrease in unemployment nationally.

Official figures show the number of unemployed people in the region now stands at 137,000 - an increase of 1,000 from the previous quarter. According to the recruitment group Manpower, employers in the south west say they're unliikely to take on staff over the coming months.

Positive unemployment figures for South West

The latest jobs figures for the South West show 137,000 people were unemployed in our region for the months May to July 2014. This is a slight increase on the previous quarter of February to April when 136,000 were out of work.

The unemployment rate has risen 0.1% to 5.0%, which is still one of the lowest rates it's been for the last 6 years.

Across the whole of the UK unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02million in the three months to the end of the July. The unemployment rate fell to 6.2%, its lowest rate since the September to November 2008.

Job fears for the South West

Prospects look gloomy for the West Country's job seekers Credit: PA

Employers across every region of the country are expecting to take on more people over the next three months, except in the South West.

The figures come from the recruitment group Manpower UK.

It says heavy reliance on tourism and a jobs boom in recent years means growth in the South West has ground to a halt.

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