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Man avoids jail after sending death threat to Labour MP

Geoffrey Farquharson wearing a Vote Leave T-shirt Credit: Irving of Exeter

A man who admitted leaving homophobic and racist abuse on the answer phone of Ben Bradshaw has avoided a jail sentence.

Geoffrey Farquarhson from Fore Street in Exeter made the call to the MP's office shortly before the murder of Jo Cox.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said he was not unduly concerned by the death threat Credit: PA

Farquarhson was handed 12 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mr Bradshaw or going anywhere near the Labour Party office.

Green Party slams Council decision to cut 1,000 jobs

The Green Party has slammed the government for reducing funding which "make it impossible for local councils to deliver essential basic services".

The condemnation comes in the wake of news Bristol City Council will axe 1,000 jobs to keep up with budget cuts.

We stand alongside the unions who are opposing the cuts which will decimate essential public services across Bristol, and the impact this will have on the most vulnerable in our city.

This government seems determined to systematically dismantle local councils with no regard for the pain this will cause ordinary people.

– Charlie Bolton, Leader of the Green Council Group

The Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government added:

In addition to savage cuts in services that so many Bristolians rely upon, people working in local government have faced years of uncertainty and pay freezes - now 1 in 6 of them could now lose their jobs this autumn. This is devastating to the people concerned and their families, and will also have a serious impact on the delivery of vital council services.

– Tony Dyer, Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government

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Job losses would have a 'devastating' impact on services

Job losses at Bristol City Council could have a "devastating" impact on services, one union has said.

UNISON said the cuts could leave the Council "unable to fulfil its legal duties, particularly around social care for elderly and vulnerable people".

It's now calling on Marvin Rees to list the services Bristolians can expect to see if Central Government cuts keep coming.

And, although the council is offering voluntary redundancy, Unison has warned up to half the losses could be compulsory.

Slicing more and more off budgets while expecting the same service to be delivered is not realistic any more.

We are seeing the beginnings of a crisis in social care and you only have to look around the city streets to see the homelessness that results.

Real political leadership is needed from the Mayor. Firstly to decide what kind of public services he wants given the lack of money, and second to unite with the leaders of other core cities and say to Theresa May: give us the funding we need – or we risk failing our residents.

– Steve Crawshaw, branch secretary for UNISON Bristol

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Controversial pylons to be reviewed if Hinkley scrapped

The line of pylons planned to connect Hinkley Point to the National Grid Credit: ITV News

A project to build a line of pylons to connect the proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point with Avonmouth could be put on hold, if the plant does not get approved next month.

EDF’s power station is the main but not the only reason for our connection project.

If it doesn’t get the go-ahead our project would go on hold while we review the implications for our network and for other sources of power that we have to connect.

– National Grid spokesperson

Hinkley Point delivery team: 'what on earth are our government doing for us?'

The group tasked with delivering the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors project has launched a scathing attack on the government for delaying the project.

Tim Jones from the Hinkley Strategic Delivery Forum said he was shocked and angry after the government chose to delay signing a deal to build the UK's first nuclear power station for a generation despite energy firm EDF confirming it would go ahead with the project.

Mr Jones said:

"We've been waiting for this project to get off the ground for a very long time. We've got accommodation ready, we've got training packages ready."

"We're just angry that we can't get on. What on earth are our government doing for us?"

– Tom Jones from the Hinkley Strategic Delivery Forum
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