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Cameron commits to defence workers in Devonport

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Devonport Navy base this afternoon Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister has promised there won't be any further cuts to our defence budget on a visit to Devonport Navy base this afternoon. This comes at a time when the number of warships in our navy has fallen to a record low.

The number of ships and the numbers of people working at the naval base has been in steady decline for decades. The fleet has shrunk hugely since the end of the Cold War. Twenty years ago there were around fifty major warships, in the surface fleet - including three aircraft carriers. That's now been cut to two, only one of which will operational.

In terms of staffing, the number of people in the Royal Navy has dropped below thirty thousand. That means a lot less work for Babcock, and the civilian dockyard workers where numbers have falled from twelve thousand twenty years ago to fewer than four thousand now.

But today the Prime Minister told ITV News the defence budget won't go below two per cent of GDP, Britain's total earnings.

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Cameron surprises family by saying yes to selfie

Cameron takes a selfie with first time voter and his family. Credit: ITV West Country

First time voter Dan Atkins got more than he bargained for when he went to meet the Prime Minister in his home village of Norton-sub-Hamdon.

The 19 year old asked David Cameron for a selfie and was surprised when he said yes.

Cameron: the West Country is critical in the election

David Cameron says voters in the West Country could make the difference in whether the Conservatives or another party form a government after the general election.

He's been outlining his plans for the first 100 days after the election at a rally near Yeovil. He says it's one of 23 key seats he needs to keep his party in power. He's targeting other seats in the region too.

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Cameron: Economy is issue at heart of campaign

David Cameron has said the economy is the issue at the heart of the campaign as he continued on the election trial with a speech in Norton-sub-Hamdon in Somerset.

Mr Cameron set out the Conservatives' programme for government in its first 100 days if it is re-elected to power and said Labour should not be given a second chance with the country's finances.

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Cameron: "If you don't save money on welfare, you have to make cuts elsewhere"

In a hard-hitting interview with the Prime Minister, Ian Axton asks where the cuts are going to fall to meet Conservative spending plans. Ian was speaking to David Cameron in the constituency of Camborne and Redruth, where a quarter of a families claim benefits.

Cameron talks jobs, schools and Cornwall stadium

The Prime Minister talks to supporters at a scaffolding yard in Penzance today. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Prime Minister has made an economic pledge to Cornwall today - setting out plans to create 15,000 new jobs, 5,000 new primary school places, and more money for the local NHS and roads.

He also said he would make a sports stadium for Cornwall a priority. The Cornish Pirates rugby club, which supports the Stadium 4 Cornwall campaign and would want to move to a future stadium, reacted positively to the promise.

We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments and now look to local politicians to deliver what the people of Cornwall want and need ... We remain 100% committed to working with the other Stadium Partners on taking our scheme for S4C back to Cornwall’s planning committee in June.

– Ian Connell, Chairman of the Board, Cornish Pirates

Cameron and the West Country issue - jam or cream first?

The Prime Minister had a straight choice this morning on one of the region's biggest issues - and got it wrong.

When trying to recall whether, in Devon, cream goes on the scone before or after the jam David Cameron guessed jam first and was quickly put right!

David Cameron was quickly put right on how to have a Devonshire cream tea Credit: ITV News

Mr Cameron did get it right though when eating his early morning cream tea just an hour later in Barnstaple after a meeting with party activists.

The Prime Minister even paid the bill!

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