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With the election 100 days away on January 27th, they look ahead to the forthcoming contest and discuss the key priorities, such as the NHS, and the rise of social media - particularly Twitter, following an outburst by another local MP who aired his feelings online.
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A fine and dry winter's day across the region with some patchy cloud and plenty of sunshine. There will be a northwesterly breeze that will ease through the day. Feeling noticeably colder than on New Years Day. Maximum temperature 11 deg C (52 deg F).
Tonight will start mainly dry and cold with winds easing. However, milder, cloudier conditions will gradually encroach from the west with rain arriving later, locally heavy across the moors and hills. Minimum temperature 2 deg C (36 deg F).
Saturday will begin wet and windy with the risk of coastal gales. Rain locally heavy over higher ground. Becoming drier later with winds easing into the evening. Maximum temperature 14 deg C (57 deg F).
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday: Largely fine and dry on Sunday after a cold start, turning cloudy with patchy rain possible later. Remaining mild, cloudy with some patchy rain at times on Monday and Tuesday.
The joint administrator of City Links said in a statement that all staff affected by the redundancies had been informed and would receive advice on making claims for redundancy and notice pay:
It is with regret that we have to announce substantial redundancies at City Link Limited, which ceased accepting new parcels on 24 December 2014. The Company endured substantial losses, which ultimately became too great for it to continue as a going concern, and City Link Limited entered administration following an unsuccessful sale process.
At meetings across City Link Limited’s UK sites on Monday 29 December 2014 and Tuesday 30 December 2014, employees were informed that there would be substantial redundancies as no new business was being taken on. Many of these employees were sent home, and informed that they would shortly receive formal correspondence to confirm their work status.
The administrators of City Link have announced 2,356 redundancies after a deal to keep the delivery firm afloat foundered.
A statement from Ernst & Young said the jobs would be shed at all of the companies UK sites. A workforce of just 371 will remain to process parcels still in the network and to help wind down operations.
Ernst & Young said that an offer for the firm had been made by a consortium "which offered no money up front" and that no deal had been reached.
Workers facing redundancy from collapsed courier firm City Link were offered hope today after it was claimed there had been a "credible bid" to save part of the business.
Staff at the company, many of whom learnt of its collapse on Christmas Day, have been warned to expect "substantial redundancies" among its 2,727-strong workforce.
But they were offered a small degree of hope after Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, disclosed unconfirmed details of a possible rescue, with Business Secretary Vince Cable said to be aware of developments.
Mr Cable's department said queries about the potential bid should be made to administrators at EY. EY did not immediately have a response to the RMT's claim.
Today will be the last day of work for hundreds of City Link employees in Bristol.
The parcel delivery company went into administration on Christmas day. It has a large depot at Cribbs Causeway. Some members of staff will be kept on to deliver the 40,000 parcels remaining at depots across the country.
It has emerged today that hundreds of people working for the parcel delivery firm City Link will lose their jobs on New Year's Eve.
Many of the workers at Cribbs Causeway, Swindon and Gloucester were told of the redundancy plans this morning - after the firm went into administration over Christmas. Bob Cruwys reports:
City Link depots in Bristol, Gloucester, Cribbs Causeway and Swindon are opening today so customers can pick up their parcels.
The courier firm stopped trading on Christmas Eve when it went into administration.
The business has ceased to accept new parcels from customers and its depots will remain open for a short period of time to enable customers or intended recipients to collect parcels.
Those customers who placed parcels with City Link on Christmas Eve for delivery are urged to go to the depot to retrieve their parcels as soon as possible. Any intended recipients who have been notified of a failed delivery are also urged to go to the depot to collect their parcel as soon as possible.
The depots will reopen following the Christmas holiday break on Monday 29 December 2014 to enable parties to collect parcels.
City Link will no longer be able to deliver any further parcels and customers are urged to make alternative arrangements for future deliveries.
Parcel delivery company City Link Limited has gone into administration, with hundreds of jobs in the West at stake.
Administrators Ernst and Young took over the company on Christmas Eve.
It's likely to affect several depots and smaller delivery firms here who subcontract for the Company
Those worried about parcels are being told to call the helpline and to collect their packages from the depots on Monday.