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Mayor of Bristol calls for more Government investment in city

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees with the city's four Labour MPs Credit: Bristol City Council

The Mayor of Bristol has joined leaders of a number of other UK cities in calling on the government for increased powers and investment.

Marvin Rees visited Westminster yesterday to deliver a report on behalf of Core Cities UK, a joint project by ten of the UK's largest cities.

The Mayor says Bristol has "faced significantly reduced government funding, while the cost of providing vital services to more people has risen substantially."

So far, ministers have not involved us in plans for the economy after Brexit – so I, with the other core city leaders, am taking the opportunity to start that discussion, and we are reminding ministers we want to be part of an inclusive conversation.

– Marvin Rees

Thousands of people in Bristol anti-austerity march

Marchers filled roads through the city centre. Credit: ITV News West Country

Thousands of people took part in a demonstration in Bristol against austerity measures. The rally was called by the city's Mayor Marvin Rees in response to cutbacks imposed by the government. It was the biggest protest to take place in the city centre for some years.

There was a carnival atmosphere despite the rain Credit: ITV News West Country

The crowds rallied on College Green before marching to Cabot Circus and onto Castle Park. The mood remained light, despite heavy showers.

Crowds rally on College Green to hear speeches. Credit: ITV News West Country

The demonstrators were supporting Mayor Marvin Rees's demands for more money from the Government - Bristol City Council has to make cuts of more than £100 million in the next five years.

Here's the full report from Ashna Hurynag:

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Labour swap red roses for red noses

Lesley Mansell, Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor Marvin Rees wear Red Noses, Credit: ITV News

Lesley Mansell, Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor Marvin Rees were getting into the Red Nose Day spirit in Bristol earlier today.

Jeremy Corbyn is visiting Bristol to launch Lesley Mansell's campaign for Metro Mayor.

The Labour leader will call into the Bristol North West constituency where he will meet local members and activists.

You can find out more about the 5 West of England Metro Mayoral candidates here:

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Bristol Mayor: 'I'm surprised and concerned' by Brexit

Marvin Rees has told ITV News West Country he's "surprised and concerned" by the Brexit vote but pledged that Bristol will 'meet the challenge' it now faces.

Bristol's Mayor has called an emergency meeting today with leaders on business, education and unions to form a response but said he was proud that the city voted to remain.

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We're at the centre of international trade and we will continue to look outward to Europe and the world.

– Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor

He also responded to rumours of a vote in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by giving him his full support while expressing surprise at Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to resign immediately.

Bristol mayor: no new RPZs and parking charges frozen

Marvin Rees speaking at City Hall Credit: Bristol City Council

Bristol's new mayor Marvin Rees has re-stated his pledge to tackle inequality in the city. In his maiden speech at City Hall this afternoon the Labour mayor said a quarter of children in Bristol lived in poverty and the cost of housing was having a big impact on working people. Mr Rees said there would be no new Residents' Parking Zones unless communities specifically wanted them. He said the cost of parking permits in existing RPZs would be frozen until 2020. And Blue Badge holders would not be penalised for parking in RPZs.

"When I took office three weeks ago, I said I would bring in a different tone of leadership. I will seek the views and opinions of all, and those views will not only be sought, but listened to, and valued. "As councillors I invite you, irrespective of your personal party allegiance, to work with me. "I want you to be empowered in your communities so that we in Bristol can be a beacon of participatory democracy, where everyone has a stake and where no one gets left behind."

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
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