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Bristol MP backs Andy Burnham as next Labour leader

Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy has backed MP Andy Burnham as the next Labour leader.

The representative for Bristol East was speaking after attending a rally hosted by the leadership candidate in the West Country this weekend.

Jeremy Corbyn the MP for Islington North is favourite for the position.

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham. Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Images

EXCLUSIVE: ITV West Country shows Ed Balls the Liam Byrne letter

David Cameron today hit out at Labour's Ed Balls after comments he made about the letter left in the Treasury at the end of Labour's last term in office.

The Shadow Chancellor has been quoted today as saying the letter was a "joke". The Prime Minister described that as "frankly appalling".

In a recent interview with ITV West Country, presenter Ian Axton actually showed Mr Balls the letter which has been exclusively filmed by ITV News.

Watch his reaction here:


Fears Labour plans for energy companies could limit investment at Hinkley Point

In an interview at Labour's party conference, ITV West Country correspondent Bob Constantine began by asking the leader, Ed Miliband about claims that energy companies wouldn't be able to invest in power stations - like the one planned at Hinkley Point in Somerset - if the freeze goes ahead.

Mr Miliband has accused energy companies of "scare stories" about the impact of a freeze on bills. He was speaking to us about the pledge to hold energy prices for 20 months if Labour wins the next election.

Bristol Labour elect Helen Holland as new leader

Labour Councillors in Bristol have elected Councillor Helen Holland as the party's new leader.

Cllr Holland who has represented Whitchurch Park for the last 21 years replaces councillor Peter Hammond who resigned in November 2012 after his party rejected the offer from George Ferguson of seats in his new council cabinet. A decision that left Bristol's new Mayor 'bemused'.

Following the announcement Cllr Holland said:

Some might say I've been here before, but the independent Mayor has changed the context and political landscape of Bristol and so this job represents a very different challenge. There's an opportunity here for a new start. Labour's candidates in May will be working in this new environment, and we can learn from them. I relish working on this campaign - which is one where we hope to do well if the national trend is reflected here.

– Cllr Helen Holland, Bristol Labour Leader
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