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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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By Matthew George and Heather Pickstock

North Somerset Conservatives have defended their embattled MP Liam Fox as the row surrounding him continues.

The first phase of an internal Government inquiry into his working relationship with his friend Adam Werritty failed to find a “smoking gun” that would have forced him to quit.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

North Somerset MP Liam Fox is fighting for his political life as the row over his best man intensifies.

Prime Minister David Cameron was due to hear the results of an urgent report on Dr Fox’s dealings with Adam Werritty today.
Dr Fox is also due to appear in the House of Commons today in his role as Defence Secretary but could face a grilling from Labour politicians who smell blood.

Last night Dr Fox issued a lengthy statement accepting he had “made a mistake”, apologising to the Prime Minister but stopping short of resignation.
The leader of his local association has told the Evening Post they stand by their man.

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Bristol City Council’s Lib Dem leader Barbara Janke has said sorry for not making clear in an approach to the Government that the shortage of primary school places is affecting the whole of the city.
The apology came in response to a complaint from Labour MP Dawn Primarolo, who accused Mrs Janke of ignoring the problems in south Bristol

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By Tom Moseley, Parlimanetary Correspondent

This is how Bristol’s new electoral map will look if plans to redraw constituency boundaries are given the go-ahead.

The Boundary Commission for England has announced proposals to redraw constituencies as part of a plan to reduce the number of MPs nationwide from 650 to 600.

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By Ian Onions, Political Editor / i.onions@bepp.co.uk

Trade union leaders in the Bristol area have condemned  Ed Miliband for failing to back strikes over pension reforms.

The Labour leader was heckled by delegates at the TUC Congress  in London, where he said it would be a “mistake” to strike while talks were taking place.

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By Tom Moseley, Parliamentary Correspondent

MPs face a scramble for seats under planned changes to Bristol’s electoral map.

The Boundary Commission for England has announced proposals to redraw constituencies as part of a plan to reduce the number of MPs nationwide from 650 to 600.

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