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'You're a jerk', Bristol Mayor tells protestor

The confrontation happened at a Make Sunday Special event in Avonmouth. Credit: Ian Robinson/YouTube

George Ferguson has been caught on video calling a protestor "sick" and "a jerk".

An environmental protestor dressed as a fly confronted the Bristol Mayor about pollution at the Avonmouth Make Sunday Special event.

The free community event is one of several held around the city. The protestor, Ian Robinson, is an Avonmouth resident who campaigns on pollution in the area. He confronted the mayor with accusations of closing public services and diverting money into "bread and circuses".

The mayor told him people were enjoying the event and that he should "just go away".

The mayor has yet to comment on the incident, but tweeted about the event being a success.

Marvin Rees is Labour's candidate for Bristol mayor

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Marvin Rees will again be battling George Ferguson in next year's election for Bristol mayor.

Working in public health, Mr Rees ran against George Ferguson in 2012 - and was the current mayor's closest rival, losing by 5% of the vote.

He beat Labour Councillor Mark Bradshaw to the nomination - who was fired from the mayor's cabinet in June. after George Ferguson accused him of playing 'party politics'.

Bristolians will go to the polls to choose their mayor in May 2016.

Marvin Rees was George Ferguson's closest rival in Bristol's last mayoral election. Credit: ITV News

“I am thrilled to be selected by my friends and peers in the Labour Party as their candidate to be Bristol Mayor, and I would like to thank Mark for a great campaign.

I am passionate about standing up and fighting for the people of Bristol and the things I know we need for this city to thrive. We need to do a different style of politics and to put people’s needs first and foremost in everything we do."

– Marvin Rees, Labour’s candidate for Bristol Mayor


Bristol school's fond tribute to young man killed in suspected 'hit-and-run'

Daniel Hickey attended the Bristol Cathedral Choir School, and later played rugby for the Bristol Saracens. Credit: Family

A young Bristol rugby player killed in a suspected 'hit and run' in Clifton was beloved at school and awarded a prize for his contributions when he left, the principal has said.

25-year-old Daniel Hickey attended the Bristol Cathedral Choir School, and later played rugby for the Bristol Saracens.

The school's moving tribute to him joined dozens of others, including thoughts from Bristol mayor George Ferguson.

"Several colleagues here have fond memories of Dan and he was certainly held in high regard as a pupil: when he left in 2008, he was awarded our Becky Westlake Prize for Contributions to the Life of the School.”

– Neil Blundell, Principal, Bristol Cathedral Choir School

22-year-old Tayo Jones from Southville has been charged in connection with Daniel Hickey's death, including causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident. He appeared in court yesterday and has been remanded in custody until a hearing in October.

Two others, a 39-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, were also arrested, and are on bail until September 9.

Another arrest as suspected 'hit and run' victim formally named

Daniel Hickey played rugby for the Bristol Saracens. Credit: SWNS

Another person has been arrested in connection with the death of a young man whose body was found in Clifton last week, after a suspected 'hit-and-run'.

25-year-old Daniel John Hickey, a rugby player from Bristol, died from multiple injuries, and was found by a member of the public outside a pub.

A 22-year-old man went to a police station last night, and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A 39-year-old woman and 29-year-old man have already been arrested for this, and are on bail until September 9.

Tributes have poured in for Daniel Hickey, who played for the Bristol Saracens, and has been described as a "legend" and "a great friend".

Bristol mayor George Ferguson has also offered his condolences.

Carol Vorderman's Twitter challenge to Bristol mayor

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After a chat with us, Carol Vorderman has challenged Bristol mayor George Ferguson to help fund the Bristol Aerospace museum.

Here's their Twitter back and forth - will he respond to her call for a commitment?

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.


Traders furious as Clifton roads close ahead of schedule

No way through for shoppers Credit: ITV West Country News

Traders along busy Princess Victoria Street in Clifton were left furious when the road closed on Thursday - three days ahead of schedule.

The closure is necessary for work on the Residents Parking Scheme which is set to start in March.

Confusion over when the work was to start and end has ignited anger with shopkeepers who claim their businesses have been affected.

Work begins for the Residents Parking Scheme Credit: ITV West Country News

It's a disgrace. The signs said they were going to close the street on the 24th but they went ahead anyway. We've still got the shoppers but no one was aware of what was going on

– Stephen Bullimore, Owner of Instep Shoes
The council have apologised Credit: ITV West Country News

The Council have since apologised for starting the work so quickly.

Because we had reasonably good weather the contractor got ahead of their works programme, which means we didn't have the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders in place to close the Princess Victoria Street. Once we became aware of this the road was re-opened and we apologised for any inconvenience caused.

– Council Spokesperson

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.

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