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With the countdown on to polling day, Ian Axton explores the issues that matter to voters. His guests are David Heath, the Lib Dem MP for Somerton and Frome who is standing down at this election, Steve Double, standing in St Austell and Newquay for the Tories and Sophy Gardner, Labour's candidate for Gloucester and a former RAF Wing Commander.

We also have an exclusive interview with Owen Paterson, who recollects what it was like to be Environment Secretary at the time of the region's devastating floods and storm damage, exactly one year ago.

"Of course I feel angry" Former Environment Secretary hits back at claims he was against Somerset dredging

The government minister in charge of the response to last winter's flooding crisis says it's nonsense to accuse him of not wanting to dredge two rivers on the Somerset Levels.

Owen Paterson has told ITV News he always supported the idea as part of a wider plan - but admits he should have explained things better.


Millions in repair funds for West Country schools

A number of schools in our region will be refurbished. Credit: ITV News West Country

Twelve schools in the region are to benefit from a multi-billion-pound redevelopment programme announced by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Nick Clegg was at Helston College this morning to announce the project, which will see five schools in Devon, three in Cornwall and Somerset and one in Dorset repaired or rebuilt. We have the full list below.

DEVON: Whipton Barton Junior School, Exeter Road Community Primary School, Sidmouth College, Exmouth Community College and Ridgeway School, Plymouth.

CORNWALL: Helston Community College, Humphry Davy School and Newquay Tretherras. SOMERSET: Kingsmead Academy, Crispin School Academy and Haygrove School.

DORSET: The Woodroffe School.

In total £6 billion is being spent on 277 schools across the country.

Cameron's claim causes uproar in Cornwall

There's been a furious reaction in Cornwall after David Cameron told us that the Council has plenty of cash which it could spend to avoid drastic cuts in services.

The Prime Minister told ITV News West Country last night that Cornwall Council had nearly £200m in reserves, which had doubled over the past four years. But the Labour group on the council has described his comments as 'ignorant'.

You can watch our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy's report on the row below:


Kylie: We want the West Country's election selfies!

The countdown to Election 2015 has begun. In less than a hundred days we shall be going to the polls to decide who will be running the country.

Of course we'll be hearing from politicians an awful lot before the 7th May - but we want to hear from you - have you decided who you're voting for yet? Perhaps you don't care who your MP will be.

Our presenter Kylie Pentelow will be travelling around the South West to hear what you think - and asking you to record your very own Election Selfies.

And what better place to start, than the city market in Plymouth?

Cameron announces £88 million investment in South West

David Cameron visited the Exeter Science Park to announce the growth deal. Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister is on a whistle stop tour of the South West and has announced a £88 million investment into the area.

The money will be spent on various projects including building work, and road improvements and bringing broadband to remote areas.

The government says it will create 22,000 jobs and 11,000 new homes.

The investment will create 22,000 jobs Credit: ITV News

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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