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WATCH: The last West Country at Westminster before the election

Ian Axton was back with the last of our political shows - the West Country at Westminster - before the election was on last night.

Guests included Queen legend Brian May - who launched his Common Decency campaign this week.

Joining the Brian May was retiring MP and Labour legend Dawn Primarolo, as well as Martin Horwood, the Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham. Unfortunately just before the programme our Conservative guest told us she was unable to make it due to last minute hold up.

If you missed the programme, or just want to watch it again, then click below!

Chancellor joins working line at Cider factory

The Chancellor tried his hand on the cider assembly line Credit: ITV News

George Osborne has been visiting a cider factory near Taunton today as part of his mission to meet businesses and organisations that are benefiting from last week's budget.

The Chancellor announced a cut in cider duty in a direct tribute to one of the south west's key industries.

The Chancellor also visited a cathedral in our region to announce a major grant for roof repairs.

Mr Osborne was given a tour of Wells Cathedral in Somerset which is one of the historic places of worship to benefit from a £4.5 million pound windfall to help protect them from the weather.

Exeter Cathedral also received £275,000, while Plymouth Roman Catholic Cathedral will receive just under £400,000.

Osborne also visited Wells Cathedral Credit: ITV News


TONIGHT: The last West Country at Westminster

Ian Axton is back tonight with the last of our political shows - the West Country at Westminster - before the election.

The last West Country at Westminster until the election is on tonight

Guests are Queen legend Brian May who launched his Common Decency campaign this week. Also retiring MP and Labour legend Dawn Primarolo. Lib Dem Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood and Conservative MEP Julie Girling are also on the panel.

You can tweet along using the hashtag #WCAW.

Make sure you tune in at 10.40pm.

New deal for rail passengers in the south west

The Department of Transport has announced plans to improve rail services into and out of the south west. It's also announced an extension of the rail franchise for First Great Western until April 2019.

First Great Western will retain their franchise until April 2019 Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Government says it'll mean more trains into Devon and Cornwall, faster journeys between Penzance and Paddington and the introduction of 369 new carriages through the roll-out of new hi-tech Intercity Express Programme trains built by Hitachi.

“I am determined that passengers in the West, Thames Valley and South Wales get a railway that is fit for the 21st century. This is a fantastic deal which will give them more seats, more services and brand new fleets of modern trains.

“This government knows the importance of our railways. That is why they are a vital part of our long term economic plan, with over £38 billion being spent on the network between 2014 and 2019."

– Patrick McLoughlin MP


Council to appeal Totnes 'one way' system decision

Devon County Council is to appeal against a High Court decision to make it reverse a one way system in Totnes in South Devon. Opponents of the scheme, which has been in place for two years, say it's damaged businesses and put off visitors.

Hundreds of protesters marched against the new Totnes traffic scheme Credit: Credit: ITV News

But now the Council is to challenge the decision after what it calls 'a wave of public support' for the changes. The Sustainable Totnes Action Group has criticised the move, condemning it as a waste of tax payers' money.

Watch the latest West Country at Westminster

Join Ian Axton for this month's "The Westcountry at Westminster". His guests are : Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, Neil Parish, Conservative MP for Tiverton & Honiton, and Molly Scott Cato - the South West's Green Euro MP.

We're talking leader debates, the future of Somerset's Hinkley C, and the history of women in politics. Did you know there have been fewer female MPs in the last 100 years than the number of male MPs currently sitting in the Commons?

After the studio chat about the government's 'golden share' EDF, who are due to build Hinkley Point C, say the government's share is not a financial stake.

Instead they say it is a voting share which gives it a power of veto over issues deemed to be of national importance. The European Commission knew of it when assessing the deal.

Watch the latest West Country at Westminster

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.

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