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Cornwall councillor poses "risk to children"

Alex Foulkes remains a councillor for Launceston Central Credit: ITV West

A review has found a Cornwall councillor poses "a serious and enduring risk to children".

Alex Folkes resigned from his cabinet position at Cornwall Council after concerns were raised in November last year.

Mr Folkes, who denies wrongdoing, cited "personal issues" when he stood down from his cabinet post.

However he remains a councillor for Launceston Central.

Why did Alex Folkes resign from his cabinet position? Credit: ITV News

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Kylie Pentelow: The countdown has begun and we want your election selfies!

Can you pout better than Cameron? Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The countdown is on until we go to the polls and decide who will be running our country.

Before 7th May, we will of course be hearing from politicians, but here at ITV News, we want to hear from you. Have you decided who you're voting for yet? Do you know who your local MP is? What are the issues that matter to you? Do you think the politicians care about us?

Well in a new series our presenter Kylie Pentelow will be traveling around the West to hear what you think - and asking you to record your very own Election Selfies.

Send your short video to itvwestcountryelection@itv.com

Cornish independence in the election debates?

Mebyon Kernow campaigns for greater independence for Cornwall. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mebyon Kernow is pressing for more airtime from broadcasters head of the general election.

The Cornish nationalist party is hoping to be allowed a political broadcast. At the moment it doesn't fulfil the necessary criteria - but is hoping the rules could be changed to allow it more airtime. It also wants what it calls 'fairer' coverage from the media locally.

Greater devolution to Cornwall is an issue many care about. Credit: ITV News

West Country at Westminster: What are the issues that matter to you?

Our emergency healthcare crisis is one of the issues that will be discussed on tonight's show. Credit: Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The A&E crisis in our hospitals, plain packaging for cigarettes, the election campaign - our political programme The West Country at Westminster kicks off tonight with a great debate.

Ian Axton's guests include Peter Heaton-Jones, the Conservative challenger hoping to become North Devon's next MP.

Tune in at 10.40pm, and join in the debate on Twitter with #wcaw.

Prime Minister denies North Devon MP's suggestion of army cuts

David Cameron has dismissed suggestions from a North Devon MP that the Army is facing more cuts - with the loss of a further 20,000 troops.

Sir Nick Harvey, a former defence minister, said the MoD was conducting "paper exercises" to reduce it's headcount from 82,000 to 60,000 because of the financial crunch.

This was the reaction from David Cameron today when the issue was raised by Tory backbencher Sir Gerald Howarth at Prime Minister's Questions:

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Glimmer of hope for Devon family facing deportation

A woman who is fighting to stay in the UK with her husband and three children has been given extra time to appeal against being deported. Kingdao Wade has been told she can`t stay living in Brixham on a visitor visa - and may have to return to Thailand.

Richard Lawrence tells their story:

Cornish MP queries value of 111 NHS helpline after one caller was asked "Are you conscious?"

A Cornish MP has queried the value of the 111 NHS helpline after one of his constituents was asked "Are you conscious?"

Andrew George, who is the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, said the system faced "meltdown" over the Christmas period and was based 200 miles away in Newport, South Wales.

Minister Norman Lamb said it was important to keep the system under review.

MPs due to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall

Inside one of Eden's famous biomes Credit: ITV News

The Government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be at the Eden Project later as part of a study into tourism.

Representatives will take a tour around the project before meeting key figures in the industry. The aim of the visit is to encourage tourism outside London - and discuss the future of the industry in Cornwall.

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