Rail Minister and Devizes MP Claire Perry says she's "proud" to have suggested women-only train carriages last year as a way of making the railways safer.
Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has come in for a string of criticism for suggesting the same thing in a speech last night. He said the idea could provide a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport.
In an interview with Ian Axton, Perry said she wasn't embarrassed that she came up with the idea and commissioned research into it from Middlesex University - research which changed her views.
An animal welfare charity - founded by Queen guitarist Brian May - has threatened legal action if the badger cull goes ahead for a third year.
Lawyers from the 'Save Me Trust' have written to Natural England warning that if they continue with the scheme in Somerset, or activate any new licences, they will be taken to the High Court.
Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy has backed MP Andy Burnham as the next Labour leader.
The representative for Bristol East was speaking after attending a rally hosted by the leadership candidate in the West Country this weekend.
Jeremy Corbyn the MP for Islington North is favourite for the position.
People in Bristol could be given the right to scrap the post of mayor. George Ferguson was voted in after a poll three years ago which meant the post could never be abolished. But last night the House of Lords agreed to restore the rights of voters to hold a fresh referendum on the issue.
Bristol peer and former Liberal Democrat council leader Baroness Barbara Janke of Clifton successfully moved an amendment to Government legislation that would lift the restriction on holding a mayoral referendum in the future. The amendment will now go to the House of Commons for MPs to consider
“This is not a question of whether the mayor should be there or not: it is a question of the rights of local people. Many people in Bristol feel they were deceived during the mayoral referendum.
"At the time of the referendum, they were not told that they would have no way to alter this system. They were made many promises, which turned out not to be delivered by the then Government, because only one city opted for the elected mayor.
The Government has shelved tomorrow's free vote on relaxing the rules on hunting with dogs. The majority of west country Conservative MPs were due to vote in favour of a motion which would allow full packs of hounds to flush out foxes. At the moment, just two dogs can be used to flush out a fox before it is shot.
The climbdown by the Government follows the SNPs decision to vote en masse against the change. That, combined with opposition from Labour and some Tories, meant there was little chance the new law could be passed.
This month Ian spoke to Labour's Bristol South MP Karin Smyth, Conservative MP for Torbay Kevin Foster and Baroness Barbara Janke.
Hundreds have been staging a protest in Bristol against today's budget. The Chancellor announced welfare cuts as well as a living wage.Read the full story ›
Low-paid workers in the region could be getting a pay rise, as a compulsory living wage was announced in today's budget.
Chancellor George Osborne announced a new National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour for all over 25s next April. This will then increase to £9 an hour by 2020.
However he also fleshed out huge cuts to the welfare budget. Some people will see benefits frozen and tax credits cut.
These measures include a reduction in the benefit cap for households, an end to housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds, a two-child limit for child tax credits and a freeze in working age benefits for four years.
For more on what this means for you and your family, tune in to ITV News West Country from 6pm tonight.
Hundreds of people are expected to protest today's budget in a "mass die-in" in Bristol this evening.
The protest, organised by the Bristol People's Assembly, aims to highlight what the organisers call "the many deaths and huge damage to millions of lives which continues to be caused by austerity and the cuts".
Today's budget included a reduction in the benefit cap for households, an end to housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds, a two-child limit for child tax credits and a freeze in working age benefits for four years.
The Chancellor also announced a new National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour, which will increase to £9 an hour by 2020.
Protestors are planning to move around Bristol, beginning at fountains near the city's Harbourside at 5pm, and ending at College Green.
More than 800 people have signed up to attend so far.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a "massive £7.2 billion investment" in transport in our region.