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

A BRISTOL city council project that was supposed to save £2.5 million by selling off its office buildings has been condemned as “inadequate and flawed”.

The authority had hoped to cut the number of buildings it uses from 52 to 17 by 2014/15, as part of the four-year, £70-million savings plan.

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

BRISTOL City Council has been criticised for launching its £800,000 website at a time of frontline service cuts.

The authority launched its revamped site on Friday, nine months later than originally planned.

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By Marc Rath / m.rath@bepp.co.uk

MORE than 160 objections have been made to  four lap-dancing clubs in Bristol which have been forced to apply for new operating licences.

The clubs have been ordered to apply for a new type of licence which gives residents more of a chance to object to them trading.

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By Tom Moseley, Parliamentary Correspondent

Ministers have admitted the South West is lagging behind other regions as they announced an unexpected rise in unemployment.

New figures showed that almost 450 more people were on jobless benefits in Bristol last month than in June. Across the wider greater Bristol area, the total went up from 19,604 to 20,429.

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