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South West fisherman to receive extra funding

South West fisherman to receive extra funding from Europe Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The West Country's fishing industry is in line for an increase in funding from Europe - but the biggest rise will go to Scotland.

Fisheries minister (and Cornish MP) George Eustice has welcomed a deal in which Scottish fishermen and marine businesses will get a six per cent rise, against only one per cent for England. He says this is reflects the size of the industry and past take-up of the fund north of the border.

The South West commemorates D-Day today

Troops disembark from a landing craft during the D-Day invasion of France Credit: War/Topham Picturepoint

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. And across the West Country a number of events are planned to commemorate the occasion. The South West recently played host to a visit from the Millin bagpipes for a D-Day relay



James Cracknell misses chance to become an MEP

James Cracknell was the third candidate for the Conservatives Credit: ITV News West Country

James Cracknell has missed the chance to become an MEP for the South West.

The former Olympic rower was the Conservatives third candidate in the region. The party won two seats in the South West, with UKIP holding two, and Labour and the Green Party both picking up a seat.

Sir Graham Watson blames 'difficult emergence from recession' for defeat

Sir Graham Watson has blamed the difficult period after the recession for the Lib Dem's poor showing at the European Elections.

He lost his seat, with UKIP holding two seats, and the Green Party gaining their first ever in the South West. It's the end of a 20 year spell as an MEP for the 58 year old.

The Liberal Democrats now have no seats in the South West at the European Parliament.

BT to recruit 200 engineers across South West

BT to recruit 200 engineers across South West Credit: ITV News West Country

BT have announced plans to recuit up to two hundred engineers across the south west. It's all part of the companies roll out of high speed broadband across the region and says it's hoping many of the roles could be filled by women and former service personnel

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