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Does Plymouth know who the Lib Dem leader is?

Tim Farron taking the floor at a meeting during the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth Credit: PA

It's party conference season and first up are the Liberal Democrats who are trying to rebuild after a disastrous General Election. The party lost all their seats here in the Westcountry, but today the new leader Tim Farron said people in the region were hoping to see the party recover its strength.

But do local people know who he is? We went to Plymouth to find out.


Jeremy Corbyn in Plymouth on leadership trail

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn Credit: PA

As part of his Labour leadership bid, Jeremy Corbyn is attending a sold-out event at the Plymouth Guildhall this morning (10.30am).

Local Labour councillor Chaz Singh says he's galvanising both young and old - but still says that people are having to 'come out' as his supporters because of the negative coverage.

Rail minister 'proud' of women-only carriages idea

Rail Minister and Devizes MP Claire Perry says she's "proud" to have suggested women-only train carriages last year as a way of making the railways safer.

Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has come in for a string of criticism for suggesting the same thing in a speech last night. He said the idea could provide a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport.

In an interview with Ian Axton, Perry said she wasn't embarrassed that she came up with the idea and commissioned research into it from Middlesex University - research which changed her views.

Plymouth MP questions use of anti-malarial drug

Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer was a Captain in the British Army Credit: PA

A Plymouth MP is questioning the army's use of an anti-malarial drug which has been found to cause "deep depression", anxiety and sleep deprivation.

Johnny Mercer is meeting with the Armed Forces Minister today to push for a study into the harmful effects of Larium. Currently the Ministry of Defence has a stockpile of more than 11,500 packs.


Yvette Cooper due to visit Plymouth

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper. Credit: Isabel Infantes / PA Images

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper is due in Plymouth this lunchtime.

The Shadow Home Secretary will be holding a question and answer session at party headquarters on the Hoe.

Two of the other Labour leadership candidates have already visited the city.

Whilst frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn plans to hold a rally next Friday.

Chancellor to unveil plan's to boost countryside economies

George Osborne speaking at Appledore Shipyard in May. Credit: ITV News

The Chancellor George Osborne is visiting the South West today and is expected to unveil a new ten-point plan to “unleash the full potential” of Britain’s countryside.

He's also expected to announce more support for villages and towns wanting to build starter homes on currently so-called exception sites.

A range of other measures including better broadband and transport links will also be included.

For too long the British economy has been reliant on businesses based in our cities and towns. We want to create a One Nation economy that taps into the potential of all parts of our country. That means setting the right conditions for rural communities and businesses to thrive, investing in education and skills, improving rural infrastructure, and allowing rural villages to thrive and grow.

– Chancellor George Osborne
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