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Bristol NW MP could be investigated over cash donation

Charlotte Leslie apologising in Parliament earlier this month Credit: ITV News West Country

A Bristol MP could face an investigation over her failure to declare cash donations to her local party.

Charlotte Leslie the Conservative member for Bristol North West apologised to the House of Commons earlier this month for failing to comply with the rules. But now a letter of complaint has been made to the Westminster Standards Watchdog.

Ms Leslie asked questions about the proposed Severn barrage but failed to mention that her local party had received £17,000 from the boss of the Bristol Port Company, which opposes it.

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Gloucester councillors approve plan for 30,000 houses

Plans to build more than 30,000 homes have been approved by Gloucester city councillors this evening.

The cross-council proposals, called the 'Joint Core Strategy' (JCS) have already been approved by Tewkesbury Council, and now also need the backing of Cheltenham, which votes tomorrow night. If all three councils vote in favour, the plans will be put out for public consultation.

The JCS is controversial, with protest groups questioning the need for so many new houses in Gloucestershire.

Wells-Burr family take petition to Downing Street

Jayne and Phil Wells-Burr leave Bristol Crown Court after the conviction of their daughter's murderers.
Jayne and Phil Wells-Burr leave Bristol Crown Court after the conviction of their daughter's murderers. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The family of Catherine Wells-Burr will present a petition to 10 Downing Street today.

Two Polish nationals convicted of Catherine's murder have applied to serve their sentences in Poland where they could serve a shorter term.

Jayne and Philip Wells-Burr are calling on the Ministry of Justice to reject their appeal. The family will be accompanied by their local MP David Laws.

Tony Benn's body to rest in Westminster chapel

Tony Benn was a Labour MP in Bristol for 30 years Credit: ITV West

The body of Tony Benn is due to rest in a chapel below Parliament tonight, so that MPs can pay their respects, ahead of tomorrow's funeral.

The former Bristol MP and campaigner is only the second politician to be afforded the honour, after Margaret Thatcher.

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