The Conservative MP Mark Hoban is Minister for Employment. He told ITV News West Country that the South West economy is diverse:
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Road closures, rail diversions and widespread flooding is causing chaos across the West Country with Storm Dennis in its second day.
Blustery scattered showers over the South West, and remaining very windy. Storm Dennis is moving away however and away from the region.
Storm Dennis still persisting over the West. Blustery showers and heavy rain continuing through this evening over the region.