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Environment Secretary meets Level's flood hit farmers

Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, has been in Somerset to see the progress that has been made since the floods. Credit: ITV News West Country

The government's Environment Secretary has been visiting the somerset levels.

Elizabeth Truss MP, looked at the culvert work at Beer Wall and later met farmers who have received money from the Farm Recovery Fund.

Elizabeth Truss MP meets beneficiaries of the Flood Recovery Fund. Credit: ITV News West Country
Culvert work is ongoing at Beer Wall. Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon & Cornwall PCC responds to MP's attack

Devon & Cornwall's Police & Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg has responded to call from a local MP who want's his role scrapped. Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, wants the Government to abolish PCCs because she says they are 'expensive and unpopular'. Mr Hogg took to Twitter to respond:


Sea shanty group lobbies Conservative Conference

A sea-shanty group from Exmouth has been supporting a campaign to promote investment in two West Country ports. The Exmouth Shanty Men performed at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference.

David Leighton, Associated British Ports said it was part of a campaign by Plymouth, Teignmouth and other ports against tighter EU regulations which they say would deter private investment.

Prime Minister talks to ITV Westcountry

The Prime Minister has told us the Tories are capable of winning an outright majority at the next election - and ruled out doing any kind of deal with UKIP in the wake of the defection of two of his MPs.

It comes on the day George Osborne told the Tory Party Conference he would freeze benefits paid to people of working age - if the party win the next election.

Watch the Prime Minister's interview with our political correspondent Bob Constantine:

Hague appears to reject Cornish assembly plan

The man in charge of the Government's review of greater devolution appears to have ruled out a Cornish Assembly.

William Hague was speaking at the Conservative party conference. Lib Dems and Cornish Nationalists want greater powers for the county on the lines of those in Wales - which Mr Hague rejected.

"The grossly wasteful artifice of regional government in England is something we, and the people of this country, resolutely reject."

– William Hague MP, addressing the Conservative Conference on Sunday

West MPs back government air strikes against Iraq

Just over a year after he lost a vote on military action against Syria, David Cameron was today appealing to MPs to support air strikes against Iraq. He said the Iraqi government had asked for help in targetting Islamic State extremists, who also posed a threat to this country.

West MPs who voted against the government last time said they would support action now.

Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset says having previously voted against action against Syria, this time he will support military action.


Plans for a stadium for Cornwall still in play

A project to build a stadium for Cornwall could still could ahead, following a lengthy planning debate by Cornish councillors.

Developer Inox already has permission for a stadium and housing at West Langarth in Truro, but it also wants to build a supermarket at the site to finance the project.

A planning application has been made, but it wasn't in time for today's Strategic Planning Meeting at County Hall.

Councillors voted by 11 votes to 10 to defer discussions on rival applications for two supermarkets and homes on neighbouring land off the A390, until the West Langarth application is ready.

It means that all the applications could be considered at the same time.

Stadium fears over supermarket plans

There are fears Cornwall Stadium could be jeopardised if supermarket plans are approved today Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plans for two supermarkets and 1,200 homes to the west of Truro go before Cornwall Council later.

But supporters of a new stadium for Cornwall say that, if they're approved, it could jeopardise plans for another supermarket which is needed to finance the project.

UKIP Leader says they have strong support in the SW

Nigel Farage says he can win more seats in the South West Credit: PA

UKIP is holding its annual conference in Doncaster today and the party leader says he can win more seats in the West Country.

Nigel Farage says the party will be targeting resources on areas where it has the best chance of success in next year's general election. He says the European elections - when UKIP retained two MEPs in the region - showed there is strong support in the south west.

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