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Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband has admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, made by Bristol's Aardman Animations.

But he says politics rather than his image is what is important to him.

Split screen Wallace of Wallace & Gromit and Ed Miliband
Separated at birth? Wallace and Ed Miliband Credit: PA

In a wide-ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said:

I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.

– Ed Miliband MP, Labour leader

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Campaigners call for an elected Mayor in B&NES

A meeting's being held tonight, 23 July, to promote a campaign for an elected mayor in Bath and North East Somerset, similar to the one in Bristol.

A petition has been started which, if it attracts 6,900 names of voters in the area, will trigger a referendum on the issue.

Supporters are meeting at the BRLSI in Queen Square in Bath at 7pm to discuss the campaign.

Entrance to Bath Guildhall
The campaigners feel there should be an elected mayor in control of B&NES Council, which meets at the Guildhall in Bath Credit: ITV News West Country

Mayor Ferguson says "no tanks" to parking protesters

Campaigners fighting plans for new residents-only parking zones around Bristol drove a tank down one of the city's main streets tonight.

The protest was to highlight a petition expressing "no confidence" in Mayor George Ferguson's handling of the scheme.

Mayor Ferguson rejected the groups concerns, which he described as of "no consequence". The petition was debated in tonight's meeting of Full Council but no vote was made and the system is set to continue.

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So why did a tank drive down Park Street in Bristol?

People shopping in Bristol this afternoon may have been shocked to see a Sherman tank making its way down Park Street.

The display came courtesy of a group campaigning against the city's parking zones. The demonstrators were heading to College Green to support the fight for a vote of no confidence in Bristol Mayor George Ferguson's plans to control residents parking.

If you missed the spectacle, here it is:

Bristol FGM campaigner to attend summit in London

Fahma Mohamed
Fahma Mohamed Credit: ITV West Country

A teenager from Bristol will be attending the Girl Summit in London today, which aims to end Female Genital Mutilation - or FGM - within a generation.

Fahma Mohamed, who's 17, recently persuaded the Government to contact every school about the tradition, which is illegal in the UK but still practised among the region's African communities.

Bristol Mayor faces 'no confidence' debate

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will face a 'no confidence' debate later today over the way he's introduced residents' parking schemes.

Protesters have submitted a petition of more than 5000 signatures, enough to force a council debate.

Seven out of twelve proposed zones have now been approved, but campaigners argue they hit trade and force businesses to move.

Tonight's debate is purely a symbolic gesture, as the city's 70 councillors do not have the power to remove a directly-elected mayor from office.

Calls for Swindon MP to stand down as Solicitor General

There are calls for a Wiltshire MP to stand down from the job he was given just six days ago. Robert Buckland, of South Swindon, became the new Solicitor General in last week's reshuffle.

But the appointment's been criticised after it emerged that three years ago he was found guilty of professional misconduct by the legal body he now oversees. Our Wiltshire Correspondent Robert Murphy reports:

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