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The West Country at Westminster: Lib Dem leadership debate special edition

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See Ian Axton grill the two Lib Dems battling to replace Nick Clegg in the wake of the party's spectacular collapse in the general election - Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.

Questions come in from Lib Dems around our region, but surely the main one is, where does the party go from here?


Bristol Assistant Mayor who opposed port sale sacked by email

George Ferguson and his cabinet in happier times. Mark Bradshaw is second from left in the back row. Credit: ITV News

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has sacked Assistant Mayor Mark Bradshaw, who has opposed plans to sell off the council's stake in Avonmouth Docks.

Cllr Bradshaw says he received an email last night telling him there was "no longer a place for you in my cabinet".

The pair butted heads on Twitter, with the Mayor saying the sacking was nothing to do with the port, but that Bradshaw was using the cabinet to "play politics".

Ferguson said in a statement that Bradshaw chose to u-turn on the decision to sell the port, while Bradshaw said he had expressed concerns over the sale since discussions began.

Speaking to the Bristol Post, he implied the Mayor wanted to remove him because he hopes to run as Labour's mayoral candidate next year.

Cider producers back petition handed to Downing Street

Cider producers back petition handed to Downing Street Credit: PA: Barry Batchelor

Cider makers in the south west have backed a petition that's been handed into Downing Street today.

It asks the Government to reject an EU tax on small producers.

The consumer group the Campaign for Real Ale says it will force small cider businesses to close.

Ian Packham from CAMRA spoke to ITV News.


The West Country at Westminster: Queen's Speech, EU referendum

The first West Country at Westminster since the election.

Ian Axton talks to Conservative MP for North Somerset and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw, former Lib Dem MP for Wells Tessa Munt and UKIP parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean and UKIP party director Steve Stanbury.

New Business Secretary comes home to talk jobs

The new Business Secretary grew up on Stapleton Road. Credit: ITV News

New Business Secretary Sajid Javid made his first speech in Bristol this morning, setting out new measures to support entrepreneurs and boost jobs.

Mr Javid grew up in the city, above his parents' shop on Stapleton Road, where he says he learned everything he knows about business.

He was speaking at the Engine Shed business centre at Temple Meads.

I know what it's like to have a small business and I just thought this is the perfect location to come and talk about what we, as government, can do to help. That means also staying out of their way, letting them get on with their job - that's why we spent a lot of time over the last five years deregulating.

– Business Secretary Sajid Javid

First day in the office for West Country's new MPs

The new MPs will be sitting at the House of Commons for the first time. Credit: PA

MPs from the south west will be taking their seats in the Commons today for the first time since the General Election. Among them will be nine new MPs - all Conservative except two; a Labour winner in Bristol West and a woman elected to hold Bristol South's Labour seat after Dawn Primarolo stepped down.

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