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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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By Tom Morris

Commuters have become so disillusioned with the “disastrous” new park and ride at Brislington that they are “resigning” from using it.
London-based transport operator CT Plus took over the running of the 904 service from First last month.
But after numerous problems a petition has been set up by passengers who have described it as a “cattle train.”

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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 Ian Onions, Political Editor

Bristol’S ongoing primary schools crisis is due to be debated in Parliament tomorrow, after Bristol East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy won permission for a special debate.
During the debate, Ms McCarthy will urge the Department for Education to treat Bristol as a “special case” by stepping in and providing emergency funding to ease the chronic shortage of places.

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

A legal challenge over the future of Ashton Vale, where a 30,000- seat stadium is planned, is being bankrolled by taxpayers, the Evening Post can reveal.

Long Ashton parish councillors have agreed to make up to £20,000 of council funds available towards the legal costs of a judicial review of the handling of a bid for the site to be given town green status.

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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 Mike Ribbeck, Business Editor / m.ribbeck@bepp.co.uk

A campaign aimed at helping the ailing high street is being launched in Bristol by the city council.

As reported in the Evening Post around a fifth of shops in Bristol are currently standing empty as the recession continues to bite.

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