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Public sector workers hold protest march in Exeter

Protest march sets off from Belmont Park in Exeter Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of public sector workers are protesting in Exeter this morning. They're taking part in a nationwide strike over pay and pensions. Many of the region's schools, libraries and museums are shut today as a result.

Above you can see the region's largest public sector workers protest march which set off from Belmont Park in Exeter.

Hundreds of public sector workers go on strike Credit: ITV News West Country
Protest march held in Exeter Credit: ITV News West Country


Shadow Environment Secretary in Somerset today

Shadow Environment Secretary in Somerset today Credit: PA/PA Wire

Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle will be returning to Somerset today to vist areas affected by this year's floods. In February she visited Moorland, Sedgemoor and Bridgwater and met with people who lost their homes.

She also spoke with environmental agencies on the best way to address the flooding.

West Country school closures tomorrow

Teachers across the West Country will be out on strike on Thursday 10 July, forcing the closure of many schools. It is part of an ongoing dispute over pay.

If your child goes to an academy school, you should check the individual school website.

For the latest information on council-run school closures, follow the links below (please note that councils update their links regularly as and when appropriate):

Prime Minister announces rail improvements in Penzance.

The Prime Minister promised a raft of multi million pound rail improvements in the West Country today. Rail experts said it wasn't enough and didn't solve the problems on the main line between Paddington and Penzance, claiming it was still stuck in the Victorian era.

David Cameron also didn't rule out building a new inland rail route to bypass Dawlish. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.


Fire strike comes to an end in the West Country

A 24 hour national fire strike affecting the West Country has come to an end.

The strike action, which ended at 9am, was because of a row over retirement age and pensions.

Another strike is planned for seven hours on the 21st of June.

The union is unhappy about government changes to firefighters pensions Credit: ITV News West Country
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