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Ben Bradshaw MP: "Nick Clegg and Eric Pickles would not be able to get an operation in Devon"

Ben Bradshaw pointed out that Eric Pickles woudn't be able to get an NHS operation in Devon Credit: PA

A Labour MP has implied that neither the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, nor communities secretary Eric Pickles, would be able to get an NHS operation in Devon because of their lifestyles.

Ben Bradshaw was referring to the policy of the main commissioning group in the county to cut back on operations for smokers or people deemed to be obese.

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Nick Clegg hints A303 improvements could come soon

Nick Clegg discusses improvements to the A303 at a meeting in Ilminster Credit: ITV News

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been discussing proposals to improve the A303 to the West country at a meeting with business leaders and councillors in Somerset.

He gave strong hints that money for the scheme would be announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement next month.

I am absolutely determined that we should finally fix this. We haven't crossed the T's and dotted the I's yet on the announcement that will be made in the Autumn Statement in early December but, how can I put it, if there isn't an announcement to improve the A303 in the Autumn Statement, I'll come down here and start tarmacking it myself!

– Nick Clegg, Deputy PM

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Huge investment announced in the South West

The Deputy Prime Minister will be in Cornwall today to announce details of a £200 million investment scheme in the South West.

The money from the Growth Deals initiative will spent by local enterprise projects on schemes as wide as investment in training at the new Hinkley Point power station in Somerset and improvements to the A38.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Cornwall today

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Cornwall today Credit: David Jones / PA Wire

The Deputy Prime Minister will be in Cornwall today to announce details of a two hundred million pound investment scheme in the south west.

It's believed the money from the Growth Deals initiative will spent by local enterprise projects on schemes as diverse as further investment at the new Hinkley Point power station in Somerset and improvements to the A38.

Wife of Torbay Lib Dem MP calls for Clegg to resign

The wife of a Liberal Democrat MP for the South West has signed a petition calling on party leader Nick Clegg to resign.

Alison Sanders is the wife of Adrian Sanders, the Lib Dem MP for Torbay, who has himself been critical of the leadership after last week's poor showing in the council and European elections.

Mr Sanders says his wife is "entitled to her view", although Mr Clegg is still insisting he won't go.

Political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

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Clegg in Cornwall - Lib Dem leader says he's confident of keeping his job

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he's confident he will remain leader of the Liberal Democrats after the next general election.

He was speaking during his visit to Penwith College in Penzance. Asked about his own future - and to predict his own role in politics following the 2015 election - the party leader said:

I will be MP for Sheffield Hallam and leader of the Liberal Democrats.

– Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
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