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The West Country at Westminster: 8 September

In this episode of The West Country at Westminster, we discuss the future of Labour.

With just one MP in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset is the party better placed on the path to power under Jeremy Corbyn, or his leadership challenger Owen Smith?

Ian Axton is joined on the sofa by Martin Menear, who organised Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the South West and plays a pivotal role in the grassroots group Momentum.

Alongside him a Labour MP who quit Corbyn's shadow team because she has no confidence in him - Thangam Debbonaire, who represents Bristol West.



Man avoids jail after sending death threat to Labour MP

Geoffrey Farquharson wearing a Vote Leave T-shirt Credit: Irving of Exeter

A man who admitted leaving homophobic and racist abuse on the answer phone of Ben Bradshaw has avoided a jail sentence.

Geoffrey Farquarhson from Fore Street in Exeter made the call to the MP's office shortly before the murder of Jo Cox.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said he was not unduly concerned by the death threat Credit: PA

Farquarhson was handed 12 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mr Bradshaw or going anywhere near the Labour Party office.

Green Party slams Council decision to cut 1,000 jobs

The Green Party has slammed the government for reducing funding which "make it impossible for local councils to deliver essential basic services".

The condemnation comes in the wake of news Bristol City Council will axe 1,000 jobs to keep up with budget cuts.

We stand alongside the unions who are opposing the cuts which will decimate essential public services across Bristol, and the impact this will have on the most vulnerable in our city.

This government seems determined to systematically dismantle local councils with no regard for the pain this will cause ordinary people.

– Charlie Bolton, Leader of the Green Council Group

The Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government added:

In addition to savage cuts in services that so many Bristolians rely upon, people working in local government have faced years of uncertainty and pay freezes - now 1 in 6 of them could now lose their jobs this autumn. This is devastating to the people concerned and their families, and will also have a serious impact on the delivery of vital council services.

– Tony Dyer, Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government
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