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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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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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From Bristol Labour Party

Daily developments at the old St Ursula’s School site are turning into another fine mess – says Labour.

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By Sam Rkaina,  Local Government Reporter

NEWLY re-elected city council leader Barbara Janke has pledged to “build on the success of the last two years” and continue to fight for Bristol.

Speaking at Tuesday’s annual council meeting, Mrs Janke said her colleagues would not turn their backs on their responsibilities.

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From Bristol Labour Party

Little can be done to soften the impact of massive cuts in Bristol – says Labour.

Following the local elections when the Labour Party won 13 of the 24 seats Labour councillors had hoped that the Lib Dems in Bristol might modify their cuts agenda – but far from it – they would not even budge on reducing the 30 per cent increase they made on the cost of meals on wheels.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

THE future control of Bristol City Council is to be decided today, after nearly two weeks of political negotiations.

Barbara Janke is expected to continue as leader of the authority with the Liberal Democrats running a minority administration.

A rethink on trams, a review of the green-spaces sell off plan and a decisive debate on whether Ashton Vale should be a town green are believed to be among the main concessions that will allow them to remain in power.

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