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By Emily Koch

THE city council is investigating controversial restaurant Hooters after receiving complaints about a swimsuit contest held there.

On Wednesday night staff at the Harbourside restaurant, where the waitresses’ uniform includes tight white vests and skimpy orange hotpants, battled it out for a chance to represent the UK at an international Hooters show in Miami, in a competition which involved two rounds of bikini modelling.

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BRISTOL’S Liberal Democrats have announced the roles councillors will take up in the cabinet – if the hung council agrees tomorrow.

Barbara Janke (Clifton) has set out which councillors will take control of key portfolios if she is reinstated as leader of Bristol City Council at the authority’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

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http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Bristol-City-Council-local-election-candidates-revealed/article-3418164-detail/article.html

Below is the full list of candidates standing in the Bristol City Council local elections next month.

There are 24 of the 70 seats on the authority up for grabs on May 5.

In total there are 123 candidates for voters to choose from, representing eight different political groups.

The Liberal Democrats, Labour, the Conservatives and Green Party are each fielding a full complement of 24 candidates.

The Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts party have 16 candidates standing; the English Democrats – “Putting England First!” party have seven and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) have two.

There is also one Independent candidate. The far right British National Party is contesting one seat.

The candidates for each ward are listed below in alphabetical order.

For more go to the council website – http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/councillors–democracy-and-elections/

ASHLEY

Thangam Debbonaire – Labour

Graham Godwin-Pearson – Conservative

Gus Hoyt – Green

Waliur Rahman – Liberal Democrat

 

BEDMINSTER

Jon Baker – English Democrats

Robin Clapp – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Ian Cooper – Liberal Democrat

Doug Newton – Conservative

Pip Sheard – Green

Colin Smith – Labour

 

BISHOPSWORTH

Ian Campion-Smith – Liberal Democrat

Richard Eddy – Conservative

Barrie Lewis – Green

Darren Lewis – Labour

 

BRISLINGTON EAST

Martyn Ahmet – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Pauline Allen – Liberal Democrat

Lara Cozens – Conservative

Mike Langley – Labour

Mark SmithUK Independence Party

Robin Whitlock – Green

 

BRISLINGTON WEST

Colin Bretherton – Conservative

Philip Collins – UK Independence Party

Liam McDonough – Labour

Lucy Mackilligin – Green

Jackie Norman – Liberal Democrat

John Yeandle – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

 

CABOT

Ben Appleby – Green

Iain Dennis – Conservative

Chris Farrell – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Ben Mosley – Labour

Alex Woodman – Liberal Democrat

 

CLIFTON

Georgina Bavetta – Green

Rosemary Chamberlain – Labour

Barbara Janke – Liberal Democrat

Jack Jeffery – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Charles Lucas – Conservative

 

CLIFTON EAST

Simon Bennett – Green

Marcus Bruton – Conservative

Patrick Burland – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Charlotte Martin – Labour

Christian Martin – Liberal Democrat

 

COTHAM

Gareth Alan-Williams – Conservative

Neil Harrison – Liberal Democrat

Amy Hillgrove – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Estella Tincknell – Labour

Graham Woodruff – Green

 

EASTON

Katie Buse – Green

Faruk Choudhury – Labour

David Lewis – Conservative

Zahir Malik – Liberal Democrat

 

EASTVILLE

Muriel Cole – Liberal Democrat

Mahmadur Khan – Labour

Josephine McLellan – Green

Nazir Muhammad – Conservative

Roger Thomas – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

 

FILWOOD

Wayne Coombes – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Michael Hamblin – British National Party

Jeff Lovell – Labour

Roger Norman – Liberal Democrat

Stephen Petter – Green

Paul Smith – Conservative

Barbara Wright – English Democrats

 

FROME VALE

Lesley Alexander – Conservative

Mark Baker – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Jason Budd – Liberal Democrat

Nick Foster – Green

Bill Payne – Labour

Greg Shaw – English Democrats

 

HARTCLIFFE

Mark Brain – Labour

Shirley Hodges – Conservative

Patrick Slade – Green

Anne White – Liberal Democrats

Stephen Wright – English Democrats

 

HENGROVE

Mike Blundell – English Democrats

Barry Clark – Labour

Jos Clark – Liberal Democrats

Graham Davey – Green

George Maggs – Conservative

 

HILLFIELDS

Helene Gibson – Liberal Democrats

Matt Gordon – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Phil Hanby – Labour

Barbara Lewis – Conservative

Rob Telford – Green

 

KNOWLE

Gwyneth Brain – Labour

Christopher Davies – Liberal Democrat

Domenico Hill – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Graham Morris – Conservative

Glenn Vowles – Green

 

LAWRENCE HILL

Liiban Abdi – Independent

Charles Alexander – Conservative

Matthew Carey – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Margaret Hickman – Labour

Abdul Malik – Liberal Democrat

Christine Prior – Green

 

SOUTHVILLE

Sean Beynon – Labour

Charles Bolton – Green

Adam Tayler – Conservative

Lena Wright – Liberal Democrat

 

ST GEORGE EAST

Fabian Breckels – Labour

Paul Elvin – Liberal Democrats

Philip Hutton – Conservative

Mike Luff – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Chloe Somers – Green

 

ST GEORGE WEST

Peter Hammond – Labour

Genevieve Lively – Green

Bernie Lyons – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Tony Potter – Liberal Democrats

Eddie Tranter – English Democrats

Sylvia Windows – Conservative

 

STOCKWOOD

Yvonne Clapp – Labour

Peter Goodwin – Green

Michael Goulden – Liberal Democrat

Jay Jethwa – Conservative

 

WHITCHURCH PARK

Ray Carr – English Democrats

Helen Holland – Labour

Lorraine Horgan – Liberal Democrats

Jenny Rogers – Conservative

Barney Smith – Green

 

WINDMILL HILL

Mark Bailey – Liberal Democrat

Tom Baldwin – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Lex Cumber – Green

Narraser Gordon – Labour

Tony Lee – Conservative

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http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Labour-launch-attack-Lib-Dem-manifesto/article-3375585-detail/article.html

“WE’RE going to make them pay in May” – that’s Labour’s message for Bristol‘s Liberal Democrats ahead of the city council elections in May.

Labour officially launched its manifesto at St Paul’s Community Sports Academy in Newfoundland Road yesterday.

Labour say the Lib Dems are not listening to what the public wants, and they will be punished at the ballot box because of it.

The party has seven main pledges it will be hitting the campaign trail with in the run-up to the elections on May 5.

These include scrapping the sell-off of parks and green spaces, and reversing council cuts to the number of police community support officers.

They would bring back free swimming for the over 60s and scrap the 30 per cent increase in Meals on Wheels charges.

The party would set up a scholarship fund for bright but low income young people from Bristol who want to study at Bristol universities, and work on a new place allocation system for schoolchildren.

Recycling and waste collection would be “simplified” under a Labour administration and a new universal travel card introduced.

There are 24 of 70 seats up for grabs at Bristol City Council, which elects a third of councillors every year with a fourth “fallow year”.

The party stood down from power two years ago after a row over plans to build an incinerator.

But after a year of the coalition government and a number of controversial local Lib Dem policies, Labour has an opportunity to gain seats on the authority.

Currently the party holds nine of the 24 seats, the Conservatives have three and the Lib Dems the remaining 12.

Bristol Labour leader Helen Holland

Group leader Helen Holland – whose Whitchurch Park seat is up for grabs – introduced the manifesto at the launch event.

She said: “Every election is important but we feel this is a really important one.

“It’s the first widespread test of public opinion since the General Election.

“What we’re hearing from people who voted Lib Dem is ‘we didn’t vote for this’.

“If you want to see how much the Lib Dems aren’t listening, you have to look no further than the green spaces debate this week.

“People don’t want a letter, they want to know their green spaces are in the hands of local communities.

“We’re going to make them pay in May. Let’s go out and change the face of Bristol.”

The party has launched a new website to promote its campaign – www.labourbristol.org – featuring video footage of its candidates.

Deputy party leader Mark Bradshaw said: “The council should be the servant of the city, not the other way round.

“We’ve got a great field of candidates that are committed to working hard.”

Labour’s seven election pledges

1.Stop the sell off of Bristol’s parks

- Immediately halt the city council’s plans to sell more than 40 green spaces and allow residents to make final decisions.

2.Create fairer school places

- Replace the existing school place allocation system and develop a new one by working with parents, schools and residents.

3.Improve public transport

- Introduce a universal travel card and campaign for an Integrated Transport Authority.

4.Keep neighbourhoods safe

- Reverse council funding cut to Police Community Support Officers and reinstate ‘Bobby vans’.

5.Make Bristol greener

- Simplify rubbish and recycling collections schemes and phase out plastic bags with local traders.

6.Funding for higher education

- Provide scholarships to young people from modest backgrounds to attend local universities.

7.Support for pensioners

- Bring back free swimming for over 60s and reverse the 30 per cent increase in Meals on Wheels.

For the full manifesto, click here

http://www.labourbristol.org/Manifesto2011.pdf

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