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Wells MP quits job as aide to Vince Cable over fracking

Tessa Munt has quit her job as aide to Vince Cable after voting against the Government on fracking Credit: PA

The MP for Wells has quit her job as parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable after voting against the Government on fracking.

Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt had said she intended to stay on, despite backing calls to suspend the controversial technique but a spokesperson for the Cabinet minister says her resignation has been accepted.

Tessa Munt has resigned from her position as parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to Vince Cable.

Both the Secretary of State for Business and the Deputy Prime Minister thank Tessa for the work she has done in government but understand her strength of feeling on this issue and have, therefore, accepted her resignation.

– Spokesperson for Vince Cable

Keepers lose count of Gloucestershire-based flamingo flock

Staff are now relying on photos and videos to conduct the annual flamingo count Credit: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Greater flamingos have bred so well at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre the keepers have lost count.

Staff are now relying on photos and videos to conduct the annual flamingo count. The Gloucestershire-based centre is home to the largest flock in the country with 350 birds.

This years count is already underway and staff will double check the numbers over several days.

How many can you count? Credit: ITV News

By using photos and video, we can count our birds accurately. We can also track individuals and learn about flamingo society behaviour. This is vital conservation work which can’t be done in the wild because looking at thousands of birds at once makes your eyes go fuzzy!

– Phil Tovey, Flamingo Keeper

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High wire stunt launches Green city status

High wire stunt launches Green city status Credit: ITV News

An ambitious year for Bristol began with an ambitious and stunning high wire crossing in the Cumberland Basin.

Crowds held their breath as Hollywood couple Jade and Karine lit up the night sky, officially launching the city's year as European green Capital.

Thousands support the start of Bristol's year as European Green Capital

Thousands support the start of Bristol's year as European Green Capital Credit: ITV News

Thousands turned out in Bristol last night to mark the start of the City's year as European Green Capital.

Bristol is the first UK city to be given the status and kicked things off with high wire stunt 100 feet above the ground.

Mayor George Ferguson even took a step away from his traditional red trousers to support the city's green ambitions:

Pictures of the dress rehearsal of Bristol's Green Capital ceremony

Dress rehearsal of high wire display Credit: Bristol 2015

The last minute touches are being put into place for a ceremony in Bristol tonight marking the city becoming the European Green Capital. The dress rehearsal took place last night including a high wire display almost 30 metres (100 ft) above the city.

Dress rehearsal of high wire display Credit: Bristol 2015
Dress rehearsal of ceremony Credit: Bristol 2015

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WATCH: A high-wire cyclist sees Bristol from 27 metres in the air

Stunned Bristolians caught a glimpse of something very special today - a world-famous stuntman practised cycling across a 120-metre high wire 27 metres in the air - a rehearsal for tomorrow's Bristol Green Capital opening ceremony.

Jade Kindar-Martin agreed to wear a small camera for us as he performed his daring feat - here is what the world looks like from his point of view.

Tomorrow's dramatic encore. which is free to the public, will take place at 7pm tomorrow as part of the European Green Capital Opening Ceremony.

Some of the best vantage points include, Greville Smyth Park, Ashton Road and the Cumberland Basin, Hotwells.

WATCH: Bristol Green Capital stuntman's astonishing feat of high-wire daring

World-famous tight wire artist Jade Kindar-Martin will cycle 120m between the Bond warehouses in Hotwells as part of Bristol's Green Capital celebrations this weekend. He'll be 27 metres above ground with a trapeze artist suspended below him.

Watch his astonishing 2012 feat of high-wire daring between two hotels in China.

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High wire stunt to mark Bristol's Green Capital role

Rehearsal for the spectacular stunt to be performed at the Bristol Green Capital opening ceremony Credit: Grayling South West

Bristol is marking the start of its year as European Green Capital with a daring high wire stunt across two buildings.

World-famous tight wire artist Jade Kindar-Martin will cycle 120m between the Bond warehouses in Hotwells. He'll be 27m above ground with a trapeze artist suspended below him.

The event is taking place on Saturday at 7pm.

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