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Campaign for free cash withdrawals in less affluent parts of Bristol

The cash machine in Lockleaze charges £1.85 for withdrawals Credit: ITV News

A campaign is underway for free cash withdrawals in less well-off communities in Bristol.

North Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie says: "Despite numbering around 10,000 people, the residents of Lockleaze live in what is euphemistically called an “Outstanding Financial Inclusion Area” – that is, a place that is more than 1km away from the nearest free cash machine."

Lockleaze’s only ATM is in a shop on Gainsborough Square, which charges £1.85 for every cash withdrawal.

Charlotte Leslie says: "£1.85 is an inconvenience for anyone, but if you are on £72.40 jobseeker’s allowance that £1.85 a couple of times a week is a massive financial hit."

Campaign to get free cash machines in parts of Bristol

Campaigners say it's wrong that people in the poorest parts of Bristol are being charged to withdraw cash Credit: PA

There's a growing campaign to get cash machines which don't charge to withdraw money in some parts of Bristol.

It comes after a recent study found free-to-withdraw cashpoints rarely serve less affluent areas in the city.

The study highlighted Lockleaze as one of the city's blackspots where residents have to walk a considerable distance to withdraw their cash free of charge.

Local MP Charlotte Leslie says “Many people in Lockleaze are already struggling, it is utterly wrong that they should have to pay so much to access their own money. This needs to change.”

The only ATM in Lockleaze is on Gainsborough Square and charges £1.85 per withdrawal.

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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.

MP Leslie to stand for chair of Health Select Committee

Charlotte Leslie MP is currently a member of the Health Select Committee Credit: ITV News Westcountry

North West Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie is to stand for election to chair the Health Select Committee.

Her announcement comes after current Chair Stephen Dorrell announced he was standing down.

Charlotte Leslie MP is already a member of the committee. She says she wants to "help return our NHS to the service not of politicians and of managers, but to patients and the nurture and support of those dedicated solely to looking after them."

But added her colleagues were "spoiled for choice" in the other candidates.

Bristol NW MP could be investigated over cash donation

Charlotte Leslie apologising in Parliament earlier this month Credit: ITV News West Country

A Bristol MP could face an investigation over her failure to declare cash donations to her local party.

Charlotte Leslie the Conservative member for Bristol North West apologised to the House of Commons earlier this month for failing to comply with the rules. But now a letter of complaint has been made to the Westminster Standards Watchdog.

Ms Leslie asked questions about the proposed Severn barrage but failed to mention that her local party had received £17,000 from the boss of the Bristol Port Company, which opposes it.

Bristol MP says she won't accept controversial pay rise

Tory MP Charlotte Leslie says she won't accept a pay rise of up to 11 per cent proposed by the independent Parliamantary standards body, IPSA.

The MP for Bristol North West says she couldn't look her constituents in the eye if she took the award - being proposed for 2015, after the next election.

She was one of a growing number of MPs rejecting the proposal, and calls for a wider "job description" to be drawn up as a way of assessing what members should really be paid.

IPSA says MPs should "catch up" after years of having their pay increases capped, and proposes offsetting the cost by reducing some allowances, pensions and severance pay.

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