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Devon MP apologises after failing to declare £400,000 of outside income

A Devon MP has apologised to Parliament for failing to declare £400,000 of outside income.

Geoffrey Cox, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, admitted failing to declare eleven payments for his work as a barrister within the 28 day period required.

The house has the right to expect from its members that they will uphold its rules to the fullest extent.

I hope that the house will accept my sincere and full-hearted apology for my failure to observe this important rule.

– Geoffrey Cox MP

He blamed it on an administrative oversight and made this statement in the House of Commons:

Council accused of putting PR ahead of safety

Council bosses have been accused of putting PR ahead of safety as the Authority proposes to cut funding for school crossing patrols.

The Conservative leaders of Devon County Council have put forward the plans to cut the money given for Lollipop ladies

The Lib Dem opposition say that the Tories are protecting council departments at the expense of front line services. The Authority says it needs to save money from its road safety budget.

We also spoke to Cllr Alan Connett, Leader of the Lib Dem group on Devon County Council.

We have been exploring alternative ways of funding school crossing patrols in the county in order to help the service continue. We are reviewing feedback from a public consultation, which will be reported back to Cabinet in due course.

– Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management

The budget for this year will be set at a council meeting in Exeter on February 23.

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Dairy farmers 'staring into the abyss', union representative tells ITV News

A representative from a key farmers union has told ITV News dairy farmers are "staring into the abyss" at the beginning of 2016 after a key retailer said it was slashing the price it pays for milk.

The Chairman of the National Farmers Union dairy board Rob Harrison said it looked like being a particularly bleak year for dairy farmers and warned that the industry was in absolute crisis.

Meanwhile dairy farmers from another group are planning a march on Downing Streetas the row over milk prices deepens.

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