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Ed Miliband tells Ian Axton "I will pay the mansion tax"

Labour leader Ed Miliband says he will probably have to pay the new mansion tax.

His party wants to introduce it and use the proceeds to pay for more staff in the NHS.

Recent reports suggest that Mr Miliband's London home is worth £2.6 million.

When asked if could afford the mansion text he responded "I'm a relatively well paid person".

I haven't done the calculation but for houses between £2 - £3 million its £250 in addition to the council tax. I suspect I'll be in that bracket .

– Ed Miliband, Labour Leader


Miliband says he'll make the West Country rail service 'a priority'

Labour leader Ed Miliband told ITV News West Country that he will make investment in the regions transport infrastructure 'a priority'.

We recognise the priority in the South West has got to have in relation to rail. There are clearly big issues, not just because of what happened at Dawlish, but in terms of connectivity. I'm not coming here with a blank cheque - you wouldn't expect me to do so as we have to get the deficit down - but it is important to say we are going to make this a priority.

– Ed Miliband, Labour Leader

Miliband on reports an offshore company gave Labour thousands of pounds

It's claimed today that Labour accepted £20,000 from a company whose owner is registered in the British Virgin Islands - a so called offshore tax haven.

It comes after the Labour leader said the Tories were a party of "Mayfair hedge fund and Monaco tax avoiders".

During an interview with ITV News West Country Mr Miliband was asked if registering a company in the British Virgin Islands was tax avoidance or not.

I'm not going to comment on the details of a situation that I haven't seen the details of.

– Ed Miliband, Labour Leader

Report criticises response to Dawlish line damage

The trainline was washed away during storms last year Credit: ITV News West Country

It's exactly a year since part of the Dawlish train line was washed away, and a new report has criticised the response of some key organisations.

It says grants and compensation schemes were slow to appear and poorly advertised. There was praise though for Network Rail and the 'Open for Business' campaign.


Cameron responds to Dawlish train line concerns

David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the railway Credit: ITV News

At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the Dawlish railway line:

We are working with the South West Peninsula Rail Task Force to bring together all the strategic and local transport schemes. I'm absolutely determined that the South-West of this country will have strong road, rail and air - these are absolutely vital to our long term plan.

– David Cameron

Calls to maintain Dawlish line a year after storm

The line was left badly damaged in February 2014 Credit: ITV News West Country

It's a year ago tonight since a huge storm washed away part of the railway line at Dawlish on the Devon coast.

The line was out of action for eight weeks, costing the region's economy over £100 million in lost business. Today Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, will ask the Prime Minister to ensure that route is maintained alongside other investment in the region.

Man appears in court charged with Dawlish murder

The body of Sophie McDonald was found at a house in Dawlish on Thursday Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman from Dawlish.

James Luke McDonald made no plea at Exeter Magistrates Court this morning. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the city's crown court next week. The body of 36 year old Sophie McDonald was found at a property on Iddesleigh Terrace in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Victim was a "loving mum, daughter, sister and friend"

The body of Sophie McDonald was found at a house in Dawlish on Thursday Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The family of Sophie McDonald, whose body was found at a house in Iddesleigh Terrace in Dawlish this week have paid tribute to her, describing her as a loving mum, daughter, sister and friend.

They say they would like to be left in peace, to come to terms with events and grieve.

36-year-old James McDonald, from Dawlish has been charged with the murder of Sophie McDonald and remains in custody to appear at Exeter Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday 31st January).

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