The Government has heard the message, and is dropping the mayoral requirement for rural counties seeking increased devolved power.
We open a ConservativeHome series, which will run each Monday during the election campaign, on the key contests in each region
We continue our post-match inspection of our battleground profiles with the Liberal Democrat graveyard of the South West.
The battlegrounds show a mix of results. But UKIP is down across the board.
The second piece in our series explores the intense struggles across the South West of England.