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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

ELECTED mayors are a great idea but it should be up to the people of Bristol if they want one, according to the Prime Minister.

David Cameron said great cities needed great leaders, but stressed a referendum in 2012 would have the final say.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

If local people want an Integrated Transport Authority for Greater Bristol the government will help them, Mr Cameron said.

The Prime Minister stopped short of openly backing the Evening Post campaign for an ITA – one body that could help bring the area’s transport network into the 21st century – during his visit to the city on Thursday.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

THE derelict Royal Mail site by Temple Meads is “not a good advert for Bristol”, according to the Prime Minister.

David Cameron looked around the  land during a visit to the city to promote the government’s new Local Enterprise Zones.

He chose Bristol to confirm the approval of the scheme to encourage economic growth by giving businesses cheaper rates, more relaxed planning rules and fast internet connections.

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Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

A LIBERAL Democrat councillor for Southmead has resigned her seat due to ill health.

Councillor Jacqueline Bowles has been suffering from cancer and feels she is no longer able to serve the residents of her ward.

Dr Bowles was elected to the council in June, 2009, taking the sear from the then Labour councillor Peter Hammond.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

MORE services could be cut at Bristol City Council as it heads towards a  £5-million overspend.

The authority is supposed to be making £28 million of cuts from its budget this year, the first in a four-year,  £70-million savings plan to deal with the ongoing financial crisis.

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By Vicki Mathias / v.mathias@bepp.co.uk

PLANS for a £20 million revamp of a Clifton hospital have been approved by a slim margin.

The Chesterfield Hospital redevelopment was finally granted approval by a committee of councillors on Wednesday night after they debated concerns about the loss of trees and parking on the site.

They attached conditions on the times when parking and deliveries on the Clifton Hill site would not be acceptable before agreeing the proposal by a majority of one.

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By Vicki Mathias, Health Correspondent

DOZENS of families whose loved ones died in suspicious circumstances have been told that they went to their graves with some of their body parts missing.

The organs or tissue of about 110 people whose deaths were the subject of police investigations – including murder and manslaughter inquiries – over the last 25 years
were retained as evidence after post-mortem examinations, it has emerged.

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