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On the brink: the first of our exclusive reports

Volunteers from the West are preparing to spend their Christmas at a refugee camp in Northern France, giving out life-saving aid, donated from our region.

Our cameras were given exclusive access to the camp before the authorities there started refusing.

In the first of our exclusive reports, our Correspondent Richard Payne travels to the Grande Synthe Camp near Dunkirk with the Bristol Volunteers helping those on the Brink.

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Avon County Council will not be re-introduced says Local Government Secretary

There are no plans to reintroduce Avon County Council a government minister has told MPs.

The council, created in 1974, was abolished in 1996 but recently Bristol and the three neighbouring councils that succeeded it have been working closely together.

Today North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox asked for a guarantee that this would not lead to Avon being "recreated by the back door".

But Local Government Secretary Greg Clark confirmed he had "no intention of re-introducing Avon by the back door, front door or side door".

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The West Country at Westminster - December

Ian Axton sits down with Marcus Fysh, the Conservative MP for Yeovil, Baroness Jan Royall, a Labour peer, and Steve Crowther, UKIP party chairman, for this month's The West Country at Westminster.

On a week that has seen one man in court for threatening to bomb the home of a West Country MP, Ian discusses the ups and downs of social media with his guests.

Also, what next for UKIP after what can only be described as a disastrous by-election result.

And, can David Cameron really stop European migrants claiming benefits here in the UK?

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