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Charlotte Leslie criticises Bristol Mayor's parking plan

A controversial plan to end free parking on Bristol's Durdham Downs has been criticised by the area's MP.

Charlotte Leslie and two local councillors say Mayor George Ferguson's plan to remove 500 spaces will outrage residents and commuters who are already opposed to Residents' Parking Zones.


Labour confirms it will scrap the badger cull

Labour's Shadow DEFRA Minister, Maria Eagle has told the party conference in Manchester that she would scrap the badger cull if the party wins the General Election next year.

“A Labour government will tackle the scourge of Bovine TB, but not by using a policy dubbed “an epic failure” by the Chief Scientific Advisor of Natural England.”

“Conference, I want to make it clear today. We will put a stop to these inhumane, ineffective badger culls.”

– Maria Eagles, Shadow DEFRA Minister

Man arrested on suspicion of assault in badger cull protest

Police monitoring the new badger cull in Gloucestershire have arrested a thirty year old man on suspicion of assault, it was revealed today.

"The man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault by Gloucestershire police officers working under Operation Themis," said a police spokesman.

"It follows an incident at a farm in Bromsberrow Heath, Ledbury, on the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire border at about 10pm on Monday 22 Sept.

"The suspect is currently being questioned at Cheltenham police station."

The man was not taking part in the 'wounded badger patrol' run by the Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting protest group.


Tony Benn film comes to Bristol tonight

A film about the life and times of former Bristol MP Tony Benn is to be shown in the city tonight.

Tony participated extensively in the making of the film, "Will and Testament" which was completed prior to his death in March 2014. This unique autobiographical film will be released at cinemas from 3rd October 2014.

Tonight's screening at City Hall in Bristol is the second of a series of special screenings around the country prior to the main cinema release.

The tour will also visit Chesterfield, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, Oxford and London.

You can watch the trailer here:

NFU statement on badger death claims

The National Farmers Union has responded to claims that a dead badger in Somerset suffered an unnecessarily lingering death because it had been shot in the abdomen and left to die.

“We have seen no evidence that a badger has been found. If one has been found there is no evidence to suggest it is associated with the cull. All badgers shot as part of the cull have been collected and accounted for. Humaneness monitors are also going out with contractors.”

– NFU statement
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