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Downing Street statement on PM's early return to work

If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved.

The Prime Minister is returning to Downing Street this morning. He will meet with the Foreign Secretary and senior officials from the Home Office, Foreign Office and the agencies to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) terrorists.

– Downing Street statement

The Prime Minister's family holiday to Polzeath lasted just over a day.

Read more: David Cameron cuts short his family holiday

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The West Country council "fat cats" who earn more than the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister earns less than a number of South West officials
David Cameron earns less than thirty council officials in the South West Credit: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

Thirty so-called 'fat cat' council officials in the South West earn more than David Cameron, according to a report by the Taxpayers' Alliance.

The Prime Minister is paid an annual salary of £142,500 for running the country. But thirty senior council staff in the region earn in excess of £150,000.

Cornwall Council has the most, with a dozen employees getting paid in excess of £100,000 in 2012-13.

And one director at Swindon Council gets paid a salary of £256,268. The Board Director is in charge of Transformation and Strategic Projects for the council.

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Cornwall rail to receive multi-million pound package

Cornwall to receive multi-million pound package for rail Credit: ITV News West Country

David Cameron will announce today that Cornwall will receive a multi-million pound package to improve the railway service.

It's hoped the 146.6 million pound deal will provide a faster rail service, lift the local economy and create new jobs.

It's estimated that nearly seven million passengers use the rail network in Cornwall every year, with passenger numbers growing twice as fast as the national average.

PM agrees to discuss financial aid to Cornwall

The Prime Minister has agreed to discuss financial aid to Cornwall following the winter's storm damage. Cornwall Council recently complained about delays in reeiving £21 million to repair sea defences, from a fund being administered by the Environment Agency

During today's Prime Minister's Questions Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay Stephen Gilbert asked the Prime Minister for more short term help to address the damage caused by the winter storms.

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