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Bristol Mayor says Brexit successes shows fragility of society

The strength of the Brexit campaign has exposed a "fragility" in British society, according to Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees. He said that many people felt "frustrated" at the level of inequality in society and that it was the role of politicians, Government and business to give hope to those in need. Mr Rees, who became mayor in May, said lessons needed to be learnt from the referendum campaign but he was hopeful the UK will stick with the EU.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP Credit: ITV West Country

"I am just hopeful. The impression I have got is that as we came up to the close of the polls people were fairing towards the in. My only analysis would be that the strength of the Brexit campaign is almost like a judgment on us in the way we have done economics and the way we have done our public services. The Brexit campaign has been built on people's frustration in not sharing in the prosperity and it has been a frustration of what is happening to our public services. I think that whatever happens, it really should give central Government, all our public institutions and our private sector a real pause for thought on the future shape of economic development and what we do with our public services. I think the Brexit campaign has really exposed a fragility at the heart of our society in that people who were so desperate for change were vulnerable to anyone who came along singing a simplistic song, even if that song was wrong, people were so desperate for change. We have to make sure that we deliver the change that people need, which is about having a city and a country they can afford to live in that seems to offer them and their children some hope and prosperity in the future and access to services when they need them."

– Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor

Asked whether his comments were a message to the Labour Party leadership, Mr Rees replied: "It is a message for everyone. It is not just a political message. The world is not shaped by politicians alone, it is shaped by many factors and politicians are part of the mix."


Sir John Major joins Cameron in Bristol

Remain bus arrives at Bristol rally Credit: ITV News

On the last day of campaigning ahead of the EU referendum, former Prime Minister Sir John Major has told a rally in Bristol that we "shouldn't pull up the drawbridge" to Europe.

Sir John, who was greeted by the city's Labour mayor, told a cross-party rally supporting a "Remain" vote to consider future generations. He accused Leave campaigners of wanting to undermine the economy - something they strongly deny.

Bristol's Mayor Marvin Rees addresses rally flanked by Cameron and Major Credit: ITV News
Sir John Major addressing the Remain rally Credit: ITV News

Kylie hits the beach for the last in the Car Share series

The fourth and final part of this series, Kylie chats to people from the tourism industry, will leaving the EU affect their business and trade or do they think they'll be better off?

We've gathered people together from all over the tourism spectrum - from ice-cream sellers to guesthouse owners.

Credit: ITV News

Bringing the classic cars to Weston-Super-Mare, we've been getting the low down.


Bristol North West MP chooses Brexit

Charlotte Leslie MP has decided to vote for Britain to leave Europe Credit: PA

Charlotte Leslie, the Conservative MP for Bristol North West, has announced that she will be voting for Britain to leave Europe at the EU Referendum on 23 June.

This is her statement in full:

After long consideration, and periods of leaning to one side then the other, I have decided I will vote for Britain to leave Europe.

My decision is with nothing to do with either the Leave or Remain Campaign, but as an individual who has done their best to assess the situation and come to a conclusion based on my assessment of the facts to which I have access, my experience in working with European colleagues from many EU Member States over the years, and my own personal understanding of human behaviour and risk.

As I have said repeatedly, I do not necessarily think there is a right or wrong answer to this question, and I have the utmost respect and appreciation for those who disagree with me. I celebrate and welcome disagreement and debate.

After all my deliberations, I found myself coming back to a principle on which I try to lead my life: That you have to face realities, however difficult, because to attempt to deny a reality leads to more pain in the long term.

Personally, I cannot see the European Project, whose express aim is to further homogenise the very different nations of Europe into an ever closer political union, as anything but a fantasy, and as such, dangerous.

Therefore, however much I appreciate and understand the risks and challenges of voting ‘leave’, I find myself completely unable mandate this madness.

I completely understand the approach of those who take an opposite view. I have absorbed and assessed all the arguments. Neither do I pretend that my own personal opinion, which I have reached after long consideration, is any kind of ‘universal truth’. It is simply my personal opinion, which I have reached after long deliberation. I know others will want me to have come to a different conclusion, but to pretend that I think otherwise would simply be dishonest.

– Charlotte Leslie MP, Bristol North West

Kylie discovers why driving a classic car could be tricky in heels..

While taking her two cars across the West Country to get the thoughts of the public ahead of the EU vote - Kylie got into a slight bit of trouble trying to drive the cars in heels.

Here's what happened:

With just four days to go until the EU Referendum, campaigning by both the Leave and Remain camps is gathering pace. Many feel the youth vote is key to the result.

We've been asking students in Bridgwater how they plan to vote on Thursday, with the help of our in and out cars.

You can find out the result in our programme tonight at 6pm.

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