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By Heather Pickstock

North Somerset Conservative Association raised concerns with Liam Fox about his close friendship with Adam Werritty on a number of occasions over the past decade, it has been revealed.
A source close to the North Somerset Conservative Association (NSCA) said officers had raised concerns about the Defence Secretary’s relationship  with Mr Werritty several times since the MP was elected to power in 1992.

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The May local elections saw a raft of changes at the city council. The ruling Liberal Democrats lost their majority, Labour and the Conservatives appointed new – yet familiar – party leaders and  for the first time The Green Party had  more than one councillor. This week Sam Rkaina talks to all four party leaders about their ambitions for their group and the city. Today it’s Conservative Peter Abraham.

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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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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

THE political row over Bristol City Council’s plan to sell off green spaces is threatening to erupt again after Labour proposed  an alternate way of paying for the scheme.

The council’s £87-million parks and green spaces strategy was supposed to fund improvements to scores of parks across the city by selling off up to 64 other open spaces.

But it prompted a huge public backlash last year as the authority was accused of “selling off the family silver”.

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By Tom Moseley, Parliamnetary Correspondent

EXPENSES claims for MPs in the Bristol area topped £1million last year, it has been revealed.

But across the country there was a sharp drop in claims as tighter restrictions and fear of a public backlash after the 2009 expenses scandal took hold.

New figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), set up in the wake of the scandal, show MPs’ claims from after May’s General Election up until March 31.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

RENEWED calls have been made to scrap a proposed tax on workplace parking.
Bristol City Council is considering introducing a “work place levy” as a way of helping to fund the three proposed bendy bus routes.

Councillor Siobhan Kennedy-Hall

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