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George Osborne visits Appledore shipyard

George Osborne told workers the North Devon Link Road will be upgraded Credit: ITV News

Speaking at Appledore Shipyard the Chancellor of the Exchequer says the South West has been for too long neglected and he's here to say that's now going to stop. The region has backed the Conservatives and it's time for the payback.

George Osborne told workers at Babcock's North Devon base that their work on the new Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carriers has been key for Britain.

Mr Osborne says there will be improvements to the local road network including upgrading the North Devon Link Road.

The Chancellor will travel from here to Cornwall where he will announce that the Conservative's will honour their pledge to get a stadium for Cornwall built.

West Country's MPs sworn in from today

The new MPs will be getting used to sitting in Parliament. Credit: PA

MPs from the south west are settling in to the Commons, with the long process of swearing in starting today. It happens in order of seniority - so newest MPs go last.

This means that while the old hands with decades of experience get to go first, it could be as much as a week before our region's six new MPs - all of them Conservative - take the oath of office.


Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw hopes to be Deputy Leader

Ben Bradshaw wants to be the next Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Credit: ITV News

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has confirmed he is to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.

The Exeter MP said his "big tent" approach to politics was the only way Labour would attract the voters it needs to win the next election.

Announcing his intention to run, he told his local party: "Labour did badly everywhere and in Wales and England outside London we went backwards against the Tories."

"Labour must and could win the next election, but only if it broadens its appeal by adopting sensible, centre-left politics which celebrate wealth creation and entrepreneurship as vital means of delivering social justice."

"I know I face an uphill task getting enough nominations from fellow MPs to get on the ballot paper. That would be hard for anyone from a part of Britain with so few Labour colleagues."

"But it's exactly because I believe it is vital that we listen to and hear the voices of those members, candidates and defeated MPs from areas that are under-represented in Parliament and where we must win again that I have decided to have a go."

Other contenders tipped to join the battle to replace Harriet Harman include Tom Watson, West Bromwich East MP since 2001, who has reportedly been crowd-funding for his bid, and Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy.

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George Eustice named as Defra Minister

George Eustice has been named as the new Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

George Eustice MP Credit:

Mr Eustice was first elected as MP for Camborne and Redruth in 2010, winning by just 66 votes - one of the smallest majorities in the country - but increased his lead to more than 7,000 on Thursday.

Former MP Andrew George dances before his demise

It is Flora Day in Helston when men and women and boys and girls take to the streets in a series of dances to bring on the summer.

It seems the whole town comes out to celebrate - whether dancing, playing or just watching from the sidelines.

The Liberal Democrats may have been facing a wipe-out across the West Country but it didn't stop former St Ives MP Andrew George taking part in one of Cornwall's most popular customs.

Andrew George has had a role in the celebrations for many years and today - even though he was still waiting for the result in his constituency - stepped up for the Midday Dance.

Later, Mr George was to find that he had indeed lost his seat - to the Conservative Derek Thomas by 2,469 votes. It was the last result declared in the General Election and completed the transformation of Cornwall from a Lib Dem stronghold since 2005.


Business reaction to the election result

Devon and Cornwall businesses have welcomed the election result in the South West where the Conservatives hold the majority of seats - mirroring the national picture.

The Chief Executive of Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce wants the new government to work on boosting jobs and growth in the region.

Businesses in all parts of the United Kingdom and particularly the South West want to see a pro-growth, pro-enterprise programme – building on the positive steps taken, and lessons learned, during the Coalition years.

In order to continue the overall steady growth we have seen in the region, we need the next government to continue its work of cutting the deficit, in tandem with making significant investment in our transport infrastructure.

The Conservatives now appear to have a clear mandate to take bold and important decisions, and must use it to help British businesses invest and grow. In return, business stands ready to work with the new government to deliver prosperity, jobs and sustained economic growth.

We heard from George Osborne MP earlier this year, on the Conservative’s Long Term Economic Plan commitment for the South West and I, along with many businesses and partner organisations in the region, look forward to working with our new MP’s to see these plans come to fruition.

– Peter Hartland, Chief Executive of Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce wants the new government to focus on growth and investment in the region.

We congratulate all of our new and continuing MPs and look forward to working with them to ensure that the recently published Business Plan for Cornwall and the Chamber Calls within it are at the forefront of their minds.

The Conservatives now have a clear mandate to take bold and important decisions, and must use it to help Cornish businesses invest and grow.

– Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
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