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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 Labour’s Peter Hammond.

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By Dan Evans / d.evans@bepp.co.uk

Hope and opportunity are the keys to solving problems of unrest and gang culture in Bristol, according to Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

The  MP visited St Paul’s on Tuesday as he continued his tour of cities affected by disorder and rioting last week.

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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

QUESTIONS have been raised about the £96 million contract awarded to Bristol’s new waste company, after their performance was branded “dreadful and unacceptable”.
May Gurney are taking over from SITA as the company that will deal with the city’s rubbish collection and street cleaning for the next seven years.
But the company was forced to apologise to residents in neighbouring North Somerset after a poor performance last Christmas.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

BRISTOL East MP Kerry McCarthy is backing a campaign to protect sealife.

Ms McCarthy says she supports The Wildlife Trusts’ Petition Fish campaign, which was launched at Parliament this week.

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From Bristol Labour Party

Labour councillors today called for Bristol City Council to suspend their care home closure plans in the light of the failure of Britain’s largest care home provider Southern Cross.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

 

“WE told you this would happen” – that was the message from transport groups after Bristol City Council said it may have to cut £2.2 million worth of bus services.

Campaigners and councillors  have accused the authority of ignoring warnings that its attempt to increase bus competition in the city wouldn’t work.

Far from saving money, the failed plan to bring in rivals to First and drive down prices has left the council with a “disastrous” £2.2 million budget hole.

Dozens of supported transport services across the city are now at risk, including early morning, evening and night buses, the harbour ferry and a school bus service.

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From Bristol Labour Party

Daily developments at the old St Ursula’s School site are turning into another fine mess – says Labour.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

BRISTOL’S new Lord Mayor has been appointed – on the day of his 20th wedding anniversary.

Former Conservative group leader Geoff Gollop officially took over the role from the outgoing Lord Mayor Colin Smith at the annual meeting of Bristol City Council on Tuesday.
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