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Anti-nuclear campaigners write to PM over China

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

Campaigners trying to stop a nuclear generator being built in Hinkley in Somerset have written to David Cameron.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has urged the Prime Minister to end co-operation with China, claiming recent explosions in the country have highlighted its poor health and safety record.

Do you know who the Lib Dem leader is?

Tim Farron with his voting slip at the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth Credit: PA

It's party conference season and first up are the Liberal Democrats, who are trying to rebuild after a disastrous May election.

The party lost all their seats here in the West but today the new leader Tim Farron said people in the region were hoping to see the party recover its strength.

But do local people know who he is? We went to Thornbury in South Gloucestershire to find out.

First new British nuclear power plant for a generation moves a step closer

An artist's impression of the how the new Hinkley Point C station will look Credit: PA

The construction of the first new nuclear power plant in the UK for a generation moved a step closer today as George Osborne announced fresh investment in the £24.5 billion project.

The Chancellor made the announcement while on a five-day tour of China, where he is hoping to secure further funding for Britain's nuclear industry.

Mr Osborne announced a new government guarantee worth £2 billion to underwrite the proposed nuclear electricity generation plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, which is due to be built partly with Chinese money.

The power plant is expected to supply 7% of the UK's electricity needs, powering around six million homes, and create thousands of jobs.

The Treasury said the new plant would boost Britain's energy security and open the door to unprecedented collaboration in the UK and China on the construction of new nuclear power stations.


Bristol MP sketches Corbyn during PMQs

Scroll down for the full image. Credit: Charlotte Leslie MP / Twitter

Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie spent today's Prime Minister's Questions in an unusual way. She sketched newly appointed leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn and posted the picture on twitter.

Corbyn made his debut as leader of the opposition at PMQs today. Ms Leslie, who is the Conservative MP for Bristol North, tweeted "gotta keep out of mischief somehow. Afraid Tom Watson didn't escape either..."

'You're a jerk', Bristol Mayor tells protestor

The confrontation happened at a Make Sunday Special event in Avonmouth. Credit: Ian Robinson/YouTube

George Ferguson has been caught on video calling a protestor "sick" and "a jerk".

An environmental protestor dressed as a fly confronted the Bristol Mayor about pollution at the Avonmouth Make Sunday Special event.

The free community event is one of several held around the city. The protestor, Ian Robinson, is an Avonmouth resident who campaigns on pollution in the area. He confronted the mayor with accusations of closing public services and diverting money into "bread and circuses".

The mayor told him people were enjoying the event and that he should "just go away".

The mayor has yet to comment on the incident, but tweeted about the event being a success.

Marvin Rees is Labour's candidate for Bristol mayor

Credit: ITV News

Marvin Rees will again be battling George Ferguson in next year's election for Bristol mayor.

Working in public health, Mr Rees ran against George Ferguson in 2012 - and was the current mayor's closest rival, losing by 5% of the vote.

He beat Labour Councillor Mark Bradshaw to the nomination - who was fired from the mayor's cabinet in June. after George Ferguson accused him of playing 'party politics'.

Bristolians will go to the polls to choose their mayor in May 2016.

Marvin Rees was George Ferguson's closest rival in Bristol's last mayoral election. Credit: ITV News

“I am thrilled to be selected by my friends and peers in the Labour Party as their candidate to be Bristol Mayor, and I would like to thank Mark for a great campaign.

I am passionate about standing up and fighting for the people of Bristol and the things I know we need for this city to thrive. We need to do a different style of politics and to put people’s needs first and foremost in everything we do."

– Marvin Rees, Labour’s candidate for Bristol Mayor
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