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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 / 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

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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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 / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

THE derelict Royal Mail site by Temple Meads is “not a good advert for Bristol”, according to the Prime Minister.

David Cameron looked around the  land during a visit to the city to promote the government’s new Local Enterprise Zones.

He chose Bristol to confirm the approval of the scheme to encourage economic growth by giving businesses cheaper rates, more relaxed planning rules and fast internet connections.

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

A LIBERAL Democrat councillor for Southmead has resigned her seat due to ill health.

Councillor Jacqueline Bowles has been suffering from cancer and feels she is no longer able to serve the residents of her ward.

Dr Bowles was elected to the council in June, 2009, taking the sear from the then Labour councillor Peter Hammond.

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

MORE services could be cut at Bristol City Council as it heads towards a  £5-million overspend.

The authority is supposed to be making £28 million of cuts from its budget this year, the first in a four-year,  £70-million savings plan to deal with the ongoing financial crisis.

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