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BNP condemns vandalism of Foot memorial

The offensive graffiti is washed off the Michael Foot memorial Credit: ITV News

The British National Party has condemned the 'defilement' of the Michael Foot Memorial in Plymouth.

It says the BNP is not involved in and has no knowledge of the desecration.

The BNP holds such vandals in contempt and under a BNP Government the perpetrators, if found and convicted, would dealt with severely in a court of law.

We appeal to anyone with any knowledge of who was responsible for the desecration of the memorial to come forward either to the police or by calling the BNP directly in confidence, so that action can be taken to arrest those responsible.

– British National Party statement

The BNP believes that the graffiti is part of a campaign to smear, defame and worse, to inflame hatred and insight violence against it as a political party.

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Councils back West of England devolution deal

Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils have voted tonight to back a devolution deal for the West of England.

Only North Somerset Council has voted against the devolution deal Credit: ITV News

The deal - including a "Metro Mayor" - would see the region take over decisions on areas like transport and housing from central Government.

£30m
The amount of investment per year the deal would bring the West.

It would bring £30 million a year in investment.

North Somerset Council earlier voted against the move.

South Gloucestershire Council took longer to make its mind up as a number of councillors wanted to defer the decision until the country's situation is more certain following the EU Referendum.

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Hundreds join political rallies in Bristol tonight

Hundreds of people are taking part in two major political demonstrations in Bristol this evening.

One, on College Green, was organised by the Remain-supporting Stand Together organisation to show its continuing backing for Europe.

Stand Together rally Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, with more than 60% of votes backing Remain.

Whatever happens next we need to stand united with Europe, London, Scotland and other areas who did not vote to leave and send a clear message of support for internationalism, human rights, European friendship and the environment.

It's time to gather to discuss next steps, to stand up for unity and to channel the city's positive voices.

We will show that we stand alongside Europe, we are inclusive, open and want to celebrate our great city of Bristol and Europe.

– Stand Together
Hundreds gathered at the a rally in support of Jeremy Corbyn Credit: ITV West Country

The other, at the Fountains, has been organised by Momentum, who are supporters of the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He's facing increasingly calls to stand down following a vote of no confidence from Labour MPs.

Our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne was there.

Jacob Rees-Mogg backs Boris for Prime Minister

Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed Boris Johnson Credit: ITV West Country

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed Boris Johnson to be the next Conservative Party Leader.

In a statement the North East Somerset MP said he believed Johnson was best placed to carry out renegotiations with the EU for the UK's departure.

His calm response in the face of hostile verbal attack in the referendum debates showed his statesman like qualities and mastery of the detail.

In addition he has the verve and energy to be a great Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. He has the sense to be a unifier and the charisma to be an effective representative of the nation on the world stage.

– Jacob Rees-Mogg
Boris Johnson is one of the front runners for the party leadership Credit: Mary Turner/PA
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