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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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Bristol NW's Charlotte Leslie says it was a tough win

Charlotte Leslie (second from right) with the other Bristol NW candidates at the declaration Credit: ITV News

Charlotte Leslie, who has just retained the Bristol North West seat for the Conservatives has told ITV West it was a difficult campaign.

Her parents were targeted by vandals who daubed graffiti on her car in the run up to the election.

It has been a hard campaign personally, certainly more turbulent than I'd have thought. What it made me realise was actually how lucky we are to live in a democracy where most people are able to express their differences with me as robustly as they want in a free democracy.

– Charlotte Leslie, Re-elected Conservative MP

University Chancellor responds to election results

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the West of England Professor Steve West has announced that it is important that the University remains focused on its ambitions for the future as the indications point to a Conservative second term this morning.

Professor West wants the sector to be represented in Westminster although universities are usually politically neutral.

The University has a clear and ambitious strategic direction. Our responsibility is to work with our staff, students and partners to deliver the best opportunities and outcomes for our graduates through high quality, sustainable teaching and research.

Working with Westminster as well as our region will continue to be a priority for us to ensure we maximise our influence and commitment to creating an exciting and sustainable future for all.

– Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the West of England

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