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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

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

AN access road could be created for an M32 park and ride – even though Bristol City Council does not know if it will ever get Government funding to build it.

The road will be created off the motorway between junctions 1 and 2 as part of the bendy bus route from Hengrove to Bristol northern fringe, if the Government awards funding to the project in December.

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

BRISTOL City Council has been accused of ignoring its own consultation after deciding to push ahead with a showcase bus route for Fishponds, despite ongoing objections.

Work is set to begin on the Fishponds Road route this week, as part of the £78-million Greater Bristol Bus Network project.

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

ELECTED mayors are a great idea but it should be up to the people of Bristol if they want one, according to the Prime Minister.

David Cameron said great cities needed great leaders, but stressed a referendum in 2012 would have the final say.

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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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