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Wiltshire MP speaks out against plans to move 800 government staff

Plans to move 800 staff from a government research centre in Wiltshire to a new site in Essex don't make economic sense, according to the area's MP.

Public Health England researches disease at laboratories in Porton Down. The aim is to merge them with other functions in Harlow, but Salisbury MP John Glen told a Parliamentary debate that many staff didn't want to move, and the Porton labs should be redeveloped instead.

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Snipers at Bristol airport as NATO heads of state arrive

Snipers on the roof at Bristol airport as NATO heads of state arrive Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

There has been a strong security presence at Bristol airport ahead of the NATO Summit which begins today.

Heads of state have been arriving this morning, including President of the EU Commission Jose Barraso.

President of the EU Commission Jose Barroso Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland
Hungary's president arrives with his delegation Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland
Polish President arrives Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

Security at Bristol Airport as NATO heads of state arrive

Security at Bristol Airport as NATO heads of state arrive Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

Bristol Airport prepares to welcome heads of state to the West for the NATO Summit which begins at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport today.

Vice Lord lieutenant's tells itv 'to imagine I am Her Majesty The Queen' Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

The Vice Lord lieutenant's tells ITV 'to imagine I am Her Majesty The Queen'.

It is his job to represent the monarch when greeting Heads of State at Bristol airport this morning.

Schools struggle to meet demands for school dinners

Yesterday saw thousands of children across the West go back to school, and for many infants there was the added bonus of a free lunch.

The Government wants to ensure all 4 to 7 year olds get a hot dinner. But not all schools met yesterday's dealine. In Somerset alone, 15% of children will only have a cold lunch, because kitchens aren't ready. And a quarter of the new kitchens in Bristol schools have been delayed as suppliers struggle to meet demand. Ken Goodwin reports from a school in Gloucestershire.

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Bath University expert comments ahead of NATO Summit

The Celtic Manor Resort near Newport will be hosting the NATO Summit Credit: PA

A Bath University international security and defence expert commenting ahead of the NATO Summit near Newport has described this as an 'interesting time for NATO and European security.'

Professor Galbreath is Editor of the Journals Defence Studies & European Security and also Director for the Centre of War & Technology at the University of Bath.

While we can expect some disruption closer to the main Summit events, the attention of much of the world will be focusing on the South West as the world’s largest security alliance meets on 4-5 September. The mobilisation of nearly 9,500 police officers is as much about providing security and emergency response as it is not minimise the impact on everyday lives leading up to and during the events.

Local governments, the Welsh Assembly and UK Government are proud to bring the NATO Summit to the South West at such an interesting time for NATO and European security.

– Professor David Galbreath, international security and defence expert, University of Bath

Commenting on the talks themselves, he said:

Like the 1990 London Summit, we see that NATO is facing a question as to how to respond to new and old threats. The new threats are the rise of Islamic State and its threat to regional and national securities. We should see a greater collaboration between NATO member-states and Middle East governments, such as Jordan, UAE, Egypt and Morocco.

The old threats come in the form of Russia’s secret war against Ukraine. While NATO is not willing to risk war with Russia over Ukraine, it has an interest in Ukraine’s territorial integrity and future of Russia’s border regions. Most importantly, NATO member-states have to show Moscow that a similar secret war will not be tolerated in Eastern NATO member-states. Leading up to the NATO summit, I argue that Russia is overplaying its hand by forcing reluctant member-states such as Germany, France, Spain and Portugal to agree to the demands of Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania of greater NATO presence and even further permanent NATO military presence in the region.

– Professor David Galbreath, international security and defence expert, University of Bath

US President due to arrive in Gloucestershire

President Obama is due to fly into Gloucestershire later Credit: Olivier Douliery/DPA/Press Association Images

A huge security operation is underway in the region in preparation for the arrival of the US president in Gloucestershire. Two thousand police officers from around the country are on standby in Thornbury. Barack Obama is expected to fly in to RAF Fairford tonight ahead of the NATO summit in Newport tomorrow.

President Obama will arrive into Gloucestershire's RAF Fairford

President Obama will arrive into Gloucestershire's RAF Fairford Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

A massive security operation is underway this evening at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire ahead of the arrival of the President of the United States Barrack Obama.

We can confirm that Air Force One will land tomorrow evening ahead of the NATO summit in Newport which starts on Thursday. Security has also been stepped up on the West's motorways and police officers from around the country have been drafted in, and are staying at a temporary base in Thornbury.

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