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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.

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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.

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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

Ben Bradshaw talks the Labour leadership battle

Ben Bradshaw says checks must be made to ensure supporters are genuine Credit: PA

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has told ITV West Country that up to ten per cent of new party members in his constituency have no record of supporting the Labour Party.

He made his comments as ballot papers started arriving through the letterboxes of the 450,000 people registered to take part in the vote.

It's great we are getting all these new people joining the party and registering as supporters but we do need to check that they are genuine supporters and not supporters of other parties that are just trying to take part in the leadership election to do us damage. We found in Exeter that around ten per cent of the new registered supporters have always been people who've been very hostile to Labour - we know this from our canvassing records - and have voted for other parties.

– Ben Bradshaw
Mr Bradshaw said he was prepared to work with any of the leadership candidates Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Mr Bradshaw insisted he was prepared to work with any of the leadership candidates, including left-winger Jeremy Corbyn, the overwhelming leader in the contest.

But he backed Gordon Brown's comments at the weekend.

I thought it was an excellent speech - Gordon was making the very obvious point that principles and values are essential in politics but they are impotent if we are not prepared to and can't win elections.

– Ben Bradshaw

Cameron commits to defence workers in Devonport

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Devonport Navy base this afternoon Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister has promised there won't be any further cuts to our defence budget on a visit to Devonport Navy base this afternoon. This comes at a time when the number of warships in our navy has fallen to a record low.

The number of ships and the numbers of people working at the naval base has been in steady decline for decades. The fleet has shrunk hugely since the end of the Cold War. Twenty years ago there were around fifty major warships, in the surface fleet - including three aircraft carriers. That's now been cut to two, only one of which will operational.

In terms of staffing, the number of people in the Royal Navy has dropped below thirty thousand. That means a lot less work for Babcock, and the civilian dockyard workers where numbers have falled from twelve thousand twenty years ago to fewer than four thousand now.

But today the Prime Minister told ITV News the defence budget won't go below two per cent of GDP, Britain's total earnings.

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