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First day in the office for West Country's new MPs

The new MPs will be sitting at the House of Commons for the first time. Credit: PA

MPs from the south west will be taking their seats in the Commons today for the first time since the General Election. Among them will be nine new MPs - all Conservative except two; a Labour winner in Bristol West and a woman elected to hold Bristol South's Labour seat after Dawn Primarolo stepped down.


Police: anyone who creates disorder in Bristol protest will be dealt with "robustly"

Avon and Somerset Police have released the following statement ahead of the anti-austerity protest expected to take place in Bristol later this afternoon.

Avon and Somerset police have a long and proud history of facilitating peaceful protests.

We are aware of the plans for an event in Bristol tomorrow and the appropriate policing plan is in place for this.

Anyone who is planning on attending this event to engage in disorder will be dealt with robustly.

– Avon and Somerset Police

Umunna announces leadership bid in Swindon

Labour's Chuka Umunna has announced he will be running for leadership of the party whilst on a visit to Swindon.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Mr Umunna said he had travelled to the town to make the announcement because it was the kind of place where Labour should be winning.

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Anti-austerity protest planned for Bristol

People gathered outside Downing Street during anti-austerity protests in London on Saturday Credit: Rick Findler/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An anti-austerity protest is expected to take place in Bristol tomorrow (Wednesday).

Similar gatherings have already taken place in London, but organisers say their protest will be peaceful, following 15 arrests at the event in the capital.

As of Tuesday, more than 3,000 people have joined the Facebook page for the Bristol protest.

"We want an end to austerity. An end to the right wing media who are allowed to run amok. An end to the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer. An end to an unfair voting system. This protest is about standing up for all that is so frightening about this tory government. It is a clear message from our city to Westminster that we will not surrender our voices."

"Please note this is an entirely PEACEFUL PROTEST. The organisers of this event are holding a strict safe space policy, meaning we will not tolerate or accept any actions or chants that are in any way offensive."

– Bristol Against Austerity
Protests in London on Saturday ended with 15 arrests Credit: Rick Findler/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bristol's Labour trio head to London

Thangam Debbonaire MP, Karin Smyth MP and Kerry McCarthy MP outside Temple Meads station before heading to London Credit: ITV News West Country

A trio of Bristol Labour MPs are on their way to London for their first day of work in Parliament.

Newly elected Thangham Debbonaire - MP for Bristol West - and Karin Smyth - MP for Bristol South - accompanied returning MP Kerry McCarthy on the train this morning. They'll be summoned a week from today.

The three were elected along with Conservative Charlotte Leslie MP in Bristol North West, completing an all female line-up of MPs in the city.

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