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Chancellor announces greater devolution for Cornwall

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Cornwall could have more power to make local decisions in the future.

The Chancellor has announced in today's budget that the government is "making progress" on a plan for greater devolution to the region.

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Tories pledge an extra £10 billion to the NHS by 2020

The NHS will receive an extra £10 billion a year by 2020, George Osborne said.

ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger tweeted:

Welfare cuts expected in summer Budget

£12 million in welfare cuts are expected to be announced in the Summer Budget Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce £12 billion in welfare savings in his summer budget this lunchtime.

In the first all-Conservative Budget since 1996, Mr Osborne is expected to make cuts in benefits for social housing and tax credits, whilst raising tax allowances.

Anti austerity campaigners say they fear the vulnerable will be worst hit. A mass 'die-in' is being held on Truro's Lemon Quay at 5.30pm by the People's Assembly Against Austerity to highlight the impact of more cuts.

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The West Country at Westminster: Lib Dem leadership debate special edition

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See Ian Axton grill the two Lib Dems battling to replace Nick Clegg in the wake of the party's spectacular collapse in the general election - Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.

Questions come in from Lib Dems around our region, but surely the main one is, where does the party go from here?

Devon MP wants 16 and 17-year-olds to vote on Europe

Sarah Wollaston speaking in parliament Credit: ITV News

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston has spoken out in favour of giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the forthcoming EU referendum.

She was one of only three Conservatives to vote for the measure - which was eventually rejected. But she said that youngsters she met DID have the mental capacity to understand the issues.

The question is whether is we as a House have the capacity to actually change our view and to give them a voice and a vote. And I don't believe I could return to those schools in my constituency and look those young people in the eye and say that I denied them the opportunity.

– Sarah Wollaston MP Con, Totnes

Ben Bradshaw joins the deputy leadership race - just

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw WILL stand as deputy leader of the Labour Party after a last-minute scramble to secure support from 35 of his colleagues.

In the end he got the backing of 37 of them - following a late surge in support just before the midday deadline.

Our presenter Ian Axton interviewed him earlier today - about the scramble for support AND his attitude to the candidates for the Labour leadership.

Ian did ask one question that proved slightly awkward - what did Mr Bradshaw think of the hopes of left-winger Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership stakes.

Here, in a nutshell, is the Exeter MP's answer:

Mr Bradshaw is one of five candidates for the deputy leadership. The winner will be announced in September.

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