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Nominations for next month's general election closed

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earlier this evening, and a clearer picture is now

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emerging of which parties will be fielding candidates in the South

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As our political reporter Tamsin Melville now reports -

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one party which won't be appearing on the ballot paper is the Cornish

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Approaching 70 years in business, back in its early days as a pressure

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group signing up to Mebyon Kernow was apparently seen as the thing

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to do, attracting names like Daphne du Maurier.

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With a key message of a national assembly for Cornwall,

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any electoral success has only been at local council level.

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Since the 1970s the party for Cornwall has been fielding

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But not this time, a decision based on the snap election,

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It is extremely frustrating, we want to put our message out

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there for the people of Cornwall but do it in a fair way

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and when we are told when the election will be

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and when it is suddenly moved forward three years with no notice,

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it makes a nonsense of democracy for smaller parties.

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This is the heart of Cornwall's clay country where Mebyon Kernow won

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the popular vote at the local elections and returned two out

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of its four Cornwall councillors, But at the general election it has

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It fielded a full slate of six candidates that lost

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What is the point in standing in the general election anyway?

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Just because people don't vote for us at general elections does not

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mean they do not like what we stand for, but this time it just wasn't

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practical for us to put forward a really strong campaign in such

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It is not just Mebyon Kernow stepping away, here in Cornwall UKIP

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are only fielding one candidate and that is in Truro

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and Falmouth where there was a Remain Conservative MP

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and the Greens are only fielding in some places, and not in St Ives

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where it is the most marginal seat in the battle between

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What do voters think about having less choice at the ballot box?

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It is good to have a strong opposition and the only way to get

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the strong opposition is if it is one of the major parties

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and I don't think that the major parties should lose votes

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There are a lot of important issues at stake, so it is better just

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It is a pity that some people had fought for the people

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Mebyon Kernow's leader said it is not the end of the party

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contesting seats in general elections and the aim

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is to keep the other parties on their toes in the meantime.

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Well, our political editor Martyn Oates joins me now.

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A surprise to see Mebyon Kernow bowing out of this general

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Yes, and as Tamsin said, in the last two elections they stood

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in every seat in Cornwall, which they hadn't previously done,

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so to go from six seats to zero is a bit of a shock

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and it is probably a little-known fact that although,

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as Tamsin has pointed out, their track record in general

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elections isn't great, that MK members have actually

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in the past been elected to Parliament and that is

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because in the early days, and we saw some memorabilia there

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from the start of the movement, it was a very broad-based

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It was possible for instance to be a prominent Conservative or Liberal

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politician and also a member of MK and people were.

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Interesting to see other parties making the strategic withdrawals

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Yes, this has emerged I think as one of the big stories

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of the campaign so far and it began here in the South West.

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Just to come back to MK, they have been clear that

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in an outstanding candidates they are not thereby endorsing

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The opposite is the case when it comes to UKIP and the Greens.

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In UKIP's case they are deciding clearly quits strategically

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they won't oppose conservative candidates whom they consider to be

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sound enough Brexiteers, people who campaigned to leave

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the EU during the referendum, campaigned last year and as some

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of these people in UKIP have pointed out campaigned alongside some

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of the people who might otherwise have been their opponents

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They are of those standing against Conservatives who campaigned

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The Greens are doing a very similar thing from the opposite side

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They are targeting constituencies like St Ive's where the conservative

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candidate won by a narrow margin and by not standing in the Greens

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are hoping to reduce the otherwise fractured opposition to the Tory

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to try to remove him or her at this election.

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That's what the parties want the electorate to do.

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Whether they will of course is the different question.

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And what we do know, if we look at UKIP for instance,

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that it is a very lazy and false assumption to say that the UKIP vote

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always comes from the Tories and goes back to the Tories.

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And in fact one Conservative candidate said he hopes that UKIP do

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stand in his constituency, because if they don't he is worried

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that those votes will go back to the Lib Dems.

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A Bulgarian man accused of murdering his former partner

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in Exeter says he accidentally searched online to find out how long

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The body of Gergana Prodanova was found in a suitcase

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Kostadin Kostov today denied playing any part in her death and said

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the online search was due to a typing error.

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A man accused of killing his ex-partner's two-year-old son has

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told a court he loved him and was never violent towards him.

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Joseph Eke from Weymouth denies murdering Harry House last May.

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The toddler's face and body were covered in bruises,

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and he suffered serious internal injuries and bleeding.

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Now, many of us don't like injections or blood tests,

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but for children it can be particularly daunting,

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so a number of hospitals have adopted an idea to help make

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Children with serious illnesses are being given the chance to be

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scientists for a few hours to see how their blood is analysed.

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Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond joined Idara who has

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leukaemia as she explored the lab at Musgrove Park

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Shall we take your blood tests down to the laboratory?

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Blood tests and other invasive treatments are a fact of life

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She has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, but today

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she is finding out what happened to her body doubles.

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She is becoming a lab scientist for a few hours.

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Every minute of every day, even Christmas Day or your birthday

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there is someone in here working on your blood.

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Why do you think we have less B positive than positive?

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Because B positive is a rare blood group.

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It is a benefit for our patients and also staff because it provides

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an opportunity for them to engage with a patient when normally

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the laboratory does not, even though they are directly

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This visit has been organised to a charity called Harvey's Gang,

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named after Harvey Buster Baldwin who had leukaemia and wanted to know

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Sadly, Harvey died in 2014, but his curiosity has led

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to children in other hospitals being allowed into labs.

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They can see now why these tests need to be done.

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We can ensure that they carry on with the treatment.

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In here there are lots of cells and there are red

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My best bit was interesting about the cells, that is

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because it was really good, and my next interesting bit

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And when she next has her blood taken, Idara knows

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Great idea. Time for the weather with David. Good for the garden

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today. Good evening. We have had some showers. More to come. It is

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also good for the slugs. The rainfall will not be huge but dribs

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and drabs. A little bit of water for the garden and the growers. Humid

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and Misty tomorrow. A few showers around. Some could be quite heavy.

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Low pressure in charge. From the south. Across so when win tonight

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and much of tomorrow. Weather systems for a short time on Saturday

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but more rain expected as a front approaches from the left. Coming

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from the are perceiving there are a scattering of showers. They have

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been gradually moving across the Channel and they are developing so

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expect to see showers through the night. Mike misty conditions. Mild

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compared to the last few nights. Temperatures should not fall much

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below ten or 11 promised. Tomorrow is great, Misty, there will be show

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is really from the start of today. But everyone seeing them. Gradually

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the shower activity travels northwards and it gets drier and

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perhaps even some late sunshine with temperatures between 13 and 16. On

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Saturday it is a much brighter start. The risk of an early so but

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most of the morning dry before we start to seek more cloud and more

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persistent rain approach from the south-west. The weekend will have

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some bright weather on both days. A few showers possible on Sunday. Mild

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and Misty again by Monday. Thank you. That visitor must for now.

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Breakfast news tomorrow morning. From the late team good night.

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We want to see the economy work for everybody, not

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Now the weather. , yes a humid dead. We have had

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photographs of the Now, humid air is coming in hyped.

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This cloud will be spreading northwards bringing rain and

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showers.

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