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Millions in repair funds for West Country schools

A number of schools in our region will be refurbished. Credit: ITV News West Country

Twelve schools in the region are to benefit from a multi-billion-pound redevelopment programme announced by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Nick Clegg was at Helston College this morning to announce the project, which will see five schools in Devon, three in Cornwall and Somerset and one in Dorset repaired or rebuilt. We have the full list below.

DEVON: Whipton Barton Junior School, Exeter Road Community Primary School, Sidmouth College, Exmouth Community College and Ridgeway School, Plymouth.

CORNWALL: Helston Community College, Humphry Davy School and Newquay Tretherras. SOMERSET: Kingsmead Academy, Crispin School Academy and Haygrove School.

DORSET: The Woodroffe School.

In total £6 billion is being spent on 277 schools across the country.

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Cameron's claim causes uproar in Cornwall

There's been a furious reaction in Cornwall after David Cameron told us that the Council has plenty of cash which it could spend to avoid drastic cuts in services.

The Prime Minister told ITV News West Country last night that Cornwall Council had nearly £200m in reserves, which had doubled over the past four years. But the Labour group on the council has described his comments as 'ignorant'.

You can watch our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy's report on the row below:

Kylie: We want the West Country's election selfies!

The countdown to Election 2015 has begun. In less than a hundred days we shall be going to the polls to decide who will be running the country.

Of course we'll be hearing from politicians an awful lot before the 7th May - but we want to hear from you - have you decided who you're voting for yet? Perhaps you don't care who your MP will be.

Our presenter Kylie Pentelow will be travelling around the South West to hear what you think - and asking you to record your very own Election Selfies.

And what better place to start, than the city market in Plymouth?

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Cameron announces £88 million investment in South West

David Cameron visited the Exeter Science Park to announce the growth deal. Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister is on a whistle stop tour of the South West and has announced a £88 million investment into the area.

The money will be spent on various projects including building work, and road improvements and bringing broadband to remote areas.

The government says it will create 22,000 jobs and 11,000 new homes.

The investment will create 22,000 jobs Credit: ITV News

Cornwall councillor poses "risk to children"

Alex Foulkes remains a councillor for Launceston Central Credit: ITV West

A review has found a Cornwall councillor poses "a serious and enduring risk to children".

Alex Folkes resigned from his cabinet position at Cornwall Council after concerns were raised in November last year.

Mr Folkes, who denies wrongdoing, cited "personal issues" when he stood down from his cabinet post.

However he remains a councillor for Launceston Central.

Why did Alex Folkes resign from his cabinet position? Credit: ITV News
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Kylie Pentelow: The countdown has begun and we want your election selfies!

Can you pout better than Cameron? Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The countdown is on until we go to the polls and decide who will be running our country.

Before 7th May, we will of course be hearing from politicians, but here at ITV News, we want to hear from you. Have you decided who you're voting for yet? Do you know who your local MP is? What are the issues that matter to you? Do you think the politicians care about us?

Well in a new series our presenter Kylie Pentelow will be traveling around the West to hear what you think - and asking you to record your very own Election Selfies.

Send your short video to itvwestcountryelection@itv.com

Cornish independence in the election debates?

Mebyon Kernow campaigns for greater independence for Cornwall. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mebyon Kernow is pressing for more airtime from broadcasters head of the general election.

The Cornish nationalist party is hoping to be allowed a political broadcast. At the moment it doesn't fulfil the necessary criteria - but is hoping the rules could be changed to allow it more airtime. It also wants what it calls 'fairer' coverage from the media locally.

Greater devolution to Cornwall is an issue many care about. Credit: ITV News
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