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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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