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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.

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Our main story tonight: Is there a doctor in the house?

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Hundreds of West country GPs are planning to quit over the next

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two years, threatening a severe shortage.

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Doctors go into the profession to help people and make people better.

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We expect an environment which is safe and not unmanageable.

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I'll be asking the NHS how they intend to fill the gap.

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The parents of a girl who died from meningitis win an out

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In a world of their own - the virtual reality games on show

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at a real life gathering in Bristol today.

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It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for even feel Rugby club as they are

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put through their paces by the England coach, Eddie Jones.

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Two out of five GPs in the South West say they intend

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to quit in the next five years, according to a new survey out today.

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Two thousand family doctors took part in the research which exposes

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the impending health care crisis facing our region.

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With 40% now saying they want to leave their jobs,

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NHS England says it's working hard to try to support doctors

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In a moment we'll be asking them how.

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But first here's our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill.

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Dr Michael Sproat is starting a new life this week,

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which he hopes will mean seeing more of his family.

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He's just given up his GP partnership at his surgery

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in Downend and he will now be doing endoscopies for a private company

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I would start at half past eight and finish after nine

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What effect would this have on you and your family?

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Difficult to put that into words really, but a sense

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that my career was very important, patients were very important

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to me but really equally, my family has to be prioritised.

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Dr Sprout is part of a trend - and according to a survey out today.

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It's warning we face a severe shortfall in family

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years as two in five family doctors questioned plan to leave by then.

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To be honest I think there needs to be a fundamental change

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in the approach of government towards health care in the UK.

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The system at the moment is underfunded.

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GPs account for 90% of patient contact with the NHS, yet

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they only receive 7% of its budget.

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Hotwell surgery shut its doors last month, it's the latest in a line

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of family practices to close in recent years in the West.

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Tens of thousands of patients have had to find a GP elsewhere.

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New pension arrangements which have come in this month will mean

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the problem is only going to get worse as some GPs would be better

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There are plans to train another 5,000 GPs by 2020 but will it be

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enough to compensate for the number the profession?

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this doctor from Chard wonders where they

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We now have a toxic environment in practice of overwork

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And excessive hours expected and maybe

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In November 5,000 patients were told they would have to find

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a new doctor's surgery, because their practice

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And with both an ageing pop with more health needs and an aging

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The doctor will see you now' could become a case

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of the doc will see you at some point in the future.

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Joining us now is Linda Prosser from NHS England.

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They feel rather unloved. We more GPs in the profession?

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They feel rather unloved. We recognise there is a large pressure

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of work and we are sympathetic to those GPs we have heard from who are

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experiencing long and stressful days. We are investing nationally in

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new GPs, training more GPs and insuring more money comes into

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primary care to alleviate some of the pressures. But more importantly,

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we are working with groups of GP practices to work differently,

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bringing more practice nurses, more mental health therapist, more

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physiotherapists, more clinical pharmacists, more people working in

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those practices. Sorry to instruct but the average GP earns about

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?90,000 in the UK, that is a pretty good wage, one of the highest in the

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world for a doctor so it is not about money? I do not believe that

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is the issue. It is about the pressure of work. When I talk to

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GPs, they tell me that one third of their people -- of the people BC do

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not need to be seen by them. It is not this is hardly the fault of the

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patient... It is because that is what we are told and that is how we

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access our health care. GPs tell me they do not want to be the gateway

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for everybody to enter into the health system. They want to be part

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of the team, directing that team which means people will get to see

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the people they need to seek more quickly rather than having to wait.

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Doctors are probably the brightest people in the workforce, very

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talented and hard-working but when does the penny dropped that when

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they sign up to be a GP that it will be very difficult work helping

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people and open all hours? I do not think GPs mind the length of day or

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times of day work but it is the combination of not getting, not

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always using the skills they have to the best ability. The doctors

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receive working as part of the bigger team or working in a hospital

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and GP practices are experiencing more satisfaction because they are

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using their skills to a higher level... They do have a hard life,

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don't they? Of course. GPs do not mind working hard but they want to

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use their skills most effectively. Very briefly, the top universities,

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medical schools turn away students every year with straight gays who

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want to be doctors, why? There is a good question about our retraining

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enough doctors? There is a question about the number of doctors who want

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to train as GPs. We have had a problem over the last few years

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attracting people into GP training. We are starting to change the way

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people perceive this in the last couple of years. We appreciate the

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work doctors do. Let us hope that as a settlement. Thank you for coming

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in. A woman in her 90s has died

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in a fire in Sea Mills in Bristol Firefighters were called

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to Sylvan Way last night and found the woman inside the house,

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which was well alight. Medics at the scene

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couldn't save her. The cause of the fire

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was accidental. Gloucestershire Police have

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been strongly criticised Her Majesty's Inspector

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of Constabulary says it needs to improve its approach to crime

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prevention, anti-social behaviour and protection

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for vulnerable people. It also says it's deeply

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concerned the force lacks the fundamental arrangements

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to tackle organised crime. We do take umbrage with the word is

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deeply concerning because the crime figures do not reflect that. The

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message would be we accept you have some concerns, the commissioner has

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concerns as well but deeply concerning sends the wrong message

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to the public that we have a huge problem in the county when we do

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problem in the county when we do not.

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Both Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire Police forces

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were rated as 'good' in the three main inspection categories.

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Now he's the tough-talking Aussie who's turned round the fortunes

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of England Rugby, but tonight - for one night only -

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Eddie Jones is coaching an amateur team near Bath.

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One of Avonvale's Rugby club's players entered a competition last

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year where the top prize was to have the England head

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So this evening Eddie has swapped Twickenham for Bathford -

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and our Sports Editor, Alistair Durden is there.

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Yes, there is Eddie Jones, watching like a hawk as the players go

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through their routines. Every single one of them is hear tonight, Birkett

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is meticulous and they were not one-minute late. He is not a man to

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be messed with, he has transfer -- transformed England and one of his

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catchphrases is, praise is for the week. He is a straight speaking

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Australian. C if I can speak to him and find out how the session is

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going. Eddie, you are live on Points West. How is this oceangoing? They

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have better skills than the England players, I will start recruiting

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from hear. They are doing well. Skills are good. The catching coach

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has done a a great job with them. You have a reputation for going in

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and transforming teams, what is your secret? You always need good

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players. We're lucky in England there are a lot of good. You have to

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work hard. Then you have a chance of being successful. Is it in the head

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as well? Massively. It is not only physical commitment but mental

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commitment as well. What is the one tip he would give someone who wanted

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to succeed, what do you say Street off? You have got to be hungry, you

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use every training session to get better, C how you can improve and

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add to your team. Are you being hard on these guys tonight? I know you do

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not lavish praise. They are doing very well. They are doing very good

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for a team which is done in the division. Their fundamental skills

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are good. They unbeaten this season. They are definitely doing well. I

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will let you get back to it as every second counts with the session. Join

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me later and we will find out how the players are reacting at having

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Eddie Jones at the session today. That is the secret, you have to be

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hungry. He is a great coach and was a great player as well. And I am

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hungry. You are always hungry. And we'll be going back to Bathford

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to find out what the players make of being put through their paces

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by England's Head Coach before Yes still to come here

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on BBC Points West - The candidates for the big Mayoral

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contest get on board our own Bristol bus -

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but will they have a smooth or bumpy Some rain is expected but it looks

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like small amounts, more detail later on programme.

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The parents of a five year-old girl from Bristol who died

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from meningitis after being wrongly diagnosed, have been awarded

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The on-call GP did not admit liability and the case

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We noticed she had this rash on her chest and her legs so we were a bit

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They told me it was just a bug but the rash on its

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Kelsey Smart was just five years old when mum Hannah realised

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I've got to live for the rest of my life without her and the fact

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that I didn't take her to the hospital quicker

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Kelsey was first diagnosed with a stomach bug.

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She was vomiting and had a rash on her chest.

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Her mum drove her to hospital, knowing things

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were more serious, but had to pull over when Kelsey began

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She had wet herself, her eyes were

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It is one of the things that plays on my mind.

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was meningitis and she was brain damaged.

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A three-week-old baby had her heart, another baby had her lungs.

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And then the nightmare began, living without her.

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Hannah has now settled the family's case

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against the out of hours GP who has never admitted liability.

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family believe her condition should have been picked up.

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And want other parents to know the signs

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of the disease so they can take action before it is

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The Government has given the go-ahead for several

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Four academies are to be created in Bristol -

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including what will become the city's biggest secondary

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Two others have been approved for Swindon.

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Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset will each get

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New schools - and very soon too - a new Mayor.

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Next month - voters around Bristol and Bath have to choose

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a new politician who will control a budget of a billion pounds.

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The West of England Mayor will also have powers over transport

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including the ability to franchise bus services.

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So we asked our political reporter Robin Markwell to be bus conductor

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for the day as he toured the West meeting the six candidates.

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One Bristol bus, one West Mayor job and six candidates.

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We found our first passenger in Winterbourne.

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Wonderful and it is so impressive to see Bristol bus.

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Our vehicle of choice had clearly impressed Tim Bowles -

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a South Gloucestershire councillor running for the Conservatives.

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Start by telling me what you would achieve in your first term of office

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I want everyone to appreciate what the role is.

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My role would be to improve transport in the region,

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start delivering homes where people need and want them and make sure

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You have made great play about protecting greenfield sites,

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does that mean no development on green belts?

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We have made it clear we want to build houses so we need

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them where people work and where their jobs

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On the quickfire round, you will be an ambassador

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for our region, can you name any of Bristol's Twin cities.

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You could've had Bordeaux or Hannover.

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To me it is in terms of getting transport levels in place

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It is a common bus ticket on a first bus.

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What was Banksy's installation called?

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I remember going down there, but the name escapes me.

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Not a great start to the quiz but we had to press on,

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Next up was Kingswood - where the Ukip candidate

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Farmer Aaron Foot wants to use the internet

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champion Democratic change so people can have first say.

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You would throw the questions out to the people, should

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there be a park-and-ride, should buses be cheaper?

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Yes, definitely, we need to talk the talk not just walk the walk.

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Yes, let us give them a proper democratic change,

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As metro mayor, you will be responsible for housing,

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by what percentage did property prices rise last year?

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It was highest in the UK but I cannot remember.

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What are the Severn Bridge tolls at the moment?

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What is the nickname for the football club?

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I have not got a clue about football.

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Next time on our political road trip...

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Crisis in the Chew Valley as the bus gets stuck...

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And more candidates flounder at the hands of our fiendish quiz..

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We will interview every candidate of course. Getting a ticket tomorrow

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will be Labour and the Greens. There is also a special programme on

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Thursday next week when you can meet all six candidates. It is important

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we start to meet them all. It is important we start

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to meet them all. The latest virtual reality

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games and technology were on show in Bristol today,

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as the VR World Congress It's a lot more than

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just games these days. They're using virtual reality

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to design buildings, teach science, Our business correspondent

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Dave Harvey went along to try We're off, I am running super

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fast and now I jump. Now I have to grab these

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climbing things and I am up. This is always the bit

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that foxes me. I am back in the room,

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back in the tent. These goggles take

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you somewhere else. There is one snag,

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they still have wires. Today's big news,

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the wires are history. It is going to happen sooner

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than you think but not As you move around,

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the wiring can be an inhibitor Right now they are necessary

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so we love them because they deliver something great but of course

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we want to get rid of the wires. That news went down well here -

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over 2,000 developers, Many from Bristol -

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like the quirky team behind this So - what are they

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trying to achieve? When they cannot hide

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the fact they believe, when they go oh god,

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and come out of it They want to go back

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into my reality, that Only a third of today's

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firms are making games - the growing market is in business,

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in training, and in education. Like this - to understand how

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molecules work, why not step You feel like you are in a box

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and you are getting to play That is key, the immersiveness

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you would not get from a textbook. So it's not all toys and -

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myth number two, it's When I was a kid, I used to code

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in my room but I'd be scared if I told people I would be

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called a nerd. I meet three women, immersed in VR,

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determined their industry is not We have this opportunity,

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a golden opportunity Stereotypes do not exist yet with VR

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so it is there for us to turn it into an environment

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which is healthy. The technology changes

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daily, and the industry Expect to see a lot more people

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in a land of their own. Dave Harvey, BBC

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Points West Bristol. I am not sure whether I want to be

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in virtual reality or not. Now let's head back to Bathford

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for the second time tonight, as Avonvale Rugby club have got

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a new coach, after winning a raffle. Yes, he's none other than England's

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top man - Eddie Jones. Their prize was for him

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to take a training session. He's there now - along

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with Alistair Durden. Never mind that, I am trying to

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catch his eye but not succeeding at the moment, he is focused on the

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players. Let us talk to the players. This is the captain. Have you been

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putting more effort in tonight? Yes, I have been running about more than

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I do usually, it is great to have them year, he is a great character.

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Had it passed on many tips? He said good passing which is quite nice to

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hear but really helping the lads. This is the fault of David Tomlinson

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who took part in a national rugby survey and won this prize for his

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club. What is that like to have the England head coach hear? It is a bit

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surreal really. You do not normally sees someone of that calibre year.

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It is great for the boys. What was your reaction when you were told you

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have one and Eddie Jones was coming as Mike I thought it was a prank to

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be honest. I kept the e-mail. It was great. Have you spoken to them yet?

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Not yet. I will picture name forward for the next England game. Let the

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skills do the talking. You guys are not beaten the season. Watch out

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their next opponents, they may have a few tricks up their sleeve after

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a few tricks up their sleeve after the session.

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Now the big question is how the weather I shaping up

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for the Easter weekend - any curved balls likely

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We have our fingers crossed. I would say it will be mostly dry, there

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will be 12 exceptions. Towards Monday, we will seem more

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uncertainty in the forecast. For tomorrow, it is overwhelmingly

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looking like a dry day. Much like today, a variation of bright and

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sunny weather, competing with some cloud around as well. Less breezy

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compared to today. We have a cold front running down to us from the

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north which could bring a few passing light showers before it

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clears the way. Looking drive-through tonight. Tomorrow

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another day with a good deal of dry weather. One or two like spots of

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rain. For the rest of this evening, this cold front comes down across

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the Midlands towards Gloucestershire, weakening as it

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does so. It could usher in a few light showers before clearing away.

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Through tonight, temperatures dictated by the cloud. There will be

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a fair range, as low as three or four Celsius in parts of the

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countryside and up to even eight Celsius into the urban centres and

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the coastal French. Tomorrow, a balance between the cloud cover and

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brightness. Today we saw a fairly sunny period developing during the

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middle part of the day. Tomorrow, the best of the brightness will be

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out towards the West. At other times, extensive amounts of code as

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well. A bit of Ms -- mix and match. The cloud is not as brisk as today.

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Temperatures ranging from 11 up to 14 Celsius across the region.

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Towards Friday, a complex series of France move in from the West, they

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will be weak in nature but there will be some light rain. It should

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clear the way as the day wears on. Thank you. He would get to Easter

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Monday tomorrow. That's it, is no. It is confusing this time of year,

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you go out thinking it is warm and you find out it is cold. See you

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'The UK has voted to leave the European Union by 52% to 48.

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'Ukip leader Nigel Farage celebrated the result,

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'declaring that dawn was breaking on an independent nation.'

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'Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to resign

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