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This month our topics are the huge public sector strike, and more funding for the Somerset Level's flood defences. Also, we start looking at the run-up to next Spring's General Election.

And, following the start of the Tour de France in the UK, we discuss the impact of cycling in the West ahead of this September's Tour of Britain.

Our guests are : Charlotte Leslie, Conservative MP for Bristol North West, keen cyclist Labour's Ben Bradshaw, who's MP for Exeter and Gawain Towler, UKIP's former press manager.

Mr Towler narrowly failed to win a third seat for the party in the South West at the European elections. The West Country at Westminster is hosted by Alastair Stewart.


Teenager saved after Facebook SOS

Teenager saved after Facebook SOS Credit: PA

An 18 year old man has been rescued from the sea near Mevagissey by the RNLI. The teenager got into difficulty during a trip out in a dinghy last night. He posted a message on Facebook to say he was 'stranded' which was spotted by a friend.

Coastguards called in two lifeboats from Fowey which managed to find the teenager a mile off shore. He'd been treading water for two hours before being rescued.

Crews rescue teen who treaded water for two hours

Coastguards and lifeboat teams joined together last night to rescue a teenager who had been treading water for two hours. The 18-year-old had been out on the sea in his dinghy but texted friends to say he had become stranded.

Crews finally pulled him from the water off Mevagissey, Cornwall, at 11:30pm. Apart from fatigue, he was unharmed.


Exeter and Truro cathedrals to get Government grants

Exeter Cathedral to get government grant for repairs Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Exeter Cathedral and Truro Cathedral are to receive thousands of pounds of Government money which was announced in the Budget to mark the role the historic buildings will play in First World War commemoration events. £20 million in total is being given to cathedrals across the country.

Exeter will get a grant of £60,000 while Truro will get £50,000.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "We are ensuring these magnificent buildings are preserved for future generations so they continue to serve their communities and congregations."

"This fund is just one part of the Government's preparations to ensure the UK is ready to remember and mark the heroic sacrifice so many made a century ago."

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