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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.

Memorial Stadium plans decision expected

Bristol Rovers ground The Memorial Stadium. Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is expected to make his decision on Sainsbury's bid to build on the Rovers' Memorial Stadium today.

Bristol City Council have already approved the scheme, which would see over 60 homes built on the site and Bristol Rovers move to a new £40 million pound stadium in Filton.