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MP '90%' likely to support Government response

Neil Parish. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton Neil Parish said he will listen to the debate and is 90 percent likely to support the Government's response to claims that the Syrian regime used poison gas on its people.

Mr Parish said; "We are not putting in any ground forces and the bombing is restricted to Military chemical weapons. I am not filled with enthusiasm but I agree that action is needed because of Assad's use of Chemical weapons."


Parliament 'is interested' in Cornwall

The speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, told pupils in Cornwall 'parliament is interested'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, was keeping pupils in order today.

He visited Saltash Community school to speak to sixth formers about life in the Commons and why he believes it's important for young people to engage in politics.

Mr Bercow said: "People in the south west feel that they are cut off disregarded, neglected, ignored and therefore quite apart from the sheer fun of coming to what is a beautiful part of the country, coming has a symbolic significance.

"Perhaps I'm showing parliament is interested."

Pasty-maker is relieved at Government u-turn

Ann Muller of Ann's Pasties on the Lizard will not have to pay the VAT. She says, "My pasties are freshly baked, I don't keep anything in a hot cabinet. So the pasties are either hot or warm or cold. It was going to be really difficult to put this tax on without it seeming ridiculous".

Ann Muller is welcoming the Pasty Tax u-turn Credit: ITV Westcountry


'Pasty Tax' U-turn

The Government has announced a U-turn on the controversial proposal nicknamed the pasty tax. Plans to levy VAT at 20% on all hot food brought huge protests from Devon and Cornwall's pasty industry.

There have been big protests over plans for the so-called "Pasty Tax" Credit: ITV West Country

Under the new proposals, VAT will be charged on all food provided hot to be eaten hot whether it is kept in heated cabinets or in takeaway packaging. Food that is allowed to cool will be exempt. Cornish MP George Eustice has welcomed the move.

He said: "This is great news for the Cornish pasty industry and resolves all of the problems that had been raised by the industry". You can find out more on this story on our national site.

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