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Bristol MP: Nick Gargan resignation 'a joke'

Charlotte Leslie, the MP for Bristol North West, has told ITV News she believes Nick Gargan's dismissal to be "a joke".

The conservative MP condemned the process that led to the Avon and Somerset Chief Constable being asked to resign, and said she will launch an enquiry with other Tory politicians into the IPCC enquiry which started the process.

Charlotte Leslie is the MP for Bristol North West. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Mr Gargan was told to step down after an independent panel found him guilty of eight counts of misconduct - his resignation was accepted today. But Charlotte Leslie said at the time the process smacks of "a witch hunt devoid of real facts".


National security concerns raised over Hinkley Point

An artist's impression of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point Credit: EDF Energy

Senior military figures have expressed concern that Chinese investment in the new Hinkley Point power station could threaten national security.

The Times has reported that intelligence agencies warned ministers that plans to allow China to take a stake in the Somerset plant could pose a security risk.

But Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said the UK had the strongest level of nuclear regulation worldwide.

Speaking at a Westminster lunch, she said "The Chinese can come and engage with us, but is is our regulations, our high standards that they will have to live up to."

A final investment decision on Hinkley C could be announced during Chinese president Xi Jinping's state visit.

Government guarantee to secure Chinese funding for the Hinkley Point C

Standing ovation for Labour leader in Bristol

Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation from activists at a rally in Bristol. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is in Bristol for his first visit to the region since being elected.

He received a standing ovation from activists at a rally in St. Pauls to encourage more people to register to vote. Later on he'll be meeting race equality campaigners.

Jeremy Corbyn bumps into ITV West Country presenter Ian Axton at Bristol Temple Meads station this morning. Credit: Ian Axton

Mr Corbyn arrived at Bristol Temple Meads early this morning. The first person he met was our very own Ian Axton, who was on his way to London to record our political programme, The West Country at Westminster.

Jeremy Corbyn makes first visit to region as Labour Leader

Jeremy Corbyn is making his first visit to the region since being elected Leader of the Labour Party.

Mr Corbyn will be in Bristol - where Labour has it's only three MPs in the South West. Credit: ITV News

Mr Corbyn will visit Bristol this morning to encourage people to participate in the voter registration drive.

He will also mark Black History Month by meeting with race equality activists, joining Marvin Rees - Labour's candidate for Bristol Mayor.


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