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

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Our main story tonight: It's off the ballot box

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we go as May says June - we assess the state

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Will Labour put their differences aside and can the Lib Dems

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regain their traditional west country heartland?

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All of our parties are scrambling to prepare for the June the 8th but,

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which could change the look of politics across the West.

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We'll hear from candidates fighting for their seats and those hoping

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In our other headlines tonight: Relations between the black

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community and the police are at their worst for 20 years.

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The technicality that could save Bristol Rugby from the drop.

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MPs across the west have been stunned today

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by the Prime Minister's surprise call for a snap general

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Few of our politicians are prepared - many candidates have not

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even been selected - and yet in seven weeks' time

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the Queen will summon a party leader to form a new government.

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Mrs May will look fondly on the west - the Conservatives control as far

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as the eye can see - that's a lot of blue.

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Mr Miliband lost seats in 2015 - with the exception of Bristol -

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the question now is can Mr Corbyn do better.

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Well, they lost the lot in the west country in 2015 -

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they will be hoping for a big comeback.

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The news of a General Election came as millions of us went back to work

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Teresa May addressed the nation from Downing Street, London.

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I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet where we agreed that the

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Government should call a general election.

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And Brenda from Redland, Bristol answered right back.

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You're joking. Not another one! All, for god sake. I can't stand this.

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Today's surprise announcement caught everyone on the hop -

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Not another one. I am not sure I can take it. I am relieved because I am

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exhausted by what is happening politically at the moment, so for me

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that is a good thing. The Labour Mayor of Bristol

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watched on the telly with the rest of us -

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the city has three Labour MPs, at the moment but the polls

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aren't encouraging. It is a Westminster composition and

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agenda taking part without any regard for the very real-life impact

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we have it in local level. I find it irritating, to put it mildly.

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It seems like only yesterday - in fact it was 2015 -

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We have one big argument about the economy and leadership...

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He said he was all pumped up and held rallies including

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He scored a solid victory across the west -

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at the expense of his coalition partners.

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He wiped them out - every one of them here.

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Ben Howlett took Bath from the Lib Dems.

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What I do not want to see is people thinking this is a way to overturn

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Brexit. It should not happen. People should not be under any

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misinterpretation that that could be the case and unfortunately I think

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the Liberal Democrats have been spreading one or two myths to many.

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Labour had a new woman on the block -

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Thangham Debonnaire - she won Bristol West,

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once more at the expense of a Liberal Democrat.

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And we are going to be in every part of Britain over the next weeks.

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Soon, she fell out with Jeremy Corbyn,

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clashing with his Momentum followers who backed him to the hilt.

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All three of the city's Labour Mps refused to serve with him,

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Now they'll have to campaign for him to enter the door of Number 10.

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That is if they are chosen by the party to be candidates again. I

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don't know which bits of the rule book it is, and I gather they are

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meeting tomorrow, sitting MPs should be reselected. I do hope that is

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what happens because certainly my constituents have been telling me

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they feel they have been getting a good service from me as an MP and

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the like seeing me in parliament standing up for what they believe.

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The Lib Dems see this is as a huge opportunity

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to make a come-back, based on their opposition to Brexit.

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It will be a chance to undo some of the damage done at the last general

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election, which left people feeling that there was not that liberal,

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open, tolerant voice in Parliament that we need in this country is all

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it is an opportunity to undo the damage.

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After the bruises of Brexit - the toil of the local

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and Mayoral elections - the politicians will soon be

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knocking on your door again, some of them will be as weary

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I can't stand this. Can stand Brenda. She has been quite a start

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today. Waiting to help us make some sense

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of this is our political editor Paul Barltrop,

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who is in Bristol, Clinton Rogers in Wells

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and Will Glennon in Swindon. Let's begin with you, Paul -

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what can we expect Of course, the Conservatives success

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in the West Country helped deliver them an overall majority at the last

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general election, so they will be looking to continue that domination.

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In Bristol, they did not make a clean sweep. They came second in

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Bristol South and in the east of the city they would not mind having a go

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at pinching those seats flavour, but overall they have to be defending

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not just from liver but also from the Liberal Democrats who are

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resurgent, especially in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum,

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which has been a shot in the arm for the party, particularly in places

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such as Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, where there was a strong vote for

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Remain. As for Labour, is at something of a low ebb in the West

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Country. The only consolation they had back in 2015 was picking one

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seat in Bristol back-up of the Lib Dems. Since then, they have won the

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Mayor of Bristol. They have had big divisions in the party. Also going

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through some pretty tough times in the recent past have been the UK

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Independence party. They have struggled to get candidates to take

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part in the local elections in two weeks' time and putting on a general

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election at a time when they have few members unless in the way of

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money will be quite often the fact that their German in Gloucestershire

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today said to me that he got putting an election out was a cynical --

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chairman -- a cynical miniver. It should just be a two horse race

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between the Conservatives and Labour, but the contest we will be

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looking out for is that race between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems

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and especially in places like Wells and Somerset. We can join Clinton

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Rogers. Thank you very much indeed. Somerset was a county were the

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Liberal Democrats were pretty much erased from the political landscape

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at the last general election. Tessa Mont joins me now, one of those who

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lost their seats. I know the party sees this as an opportunity, but can

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I asked you, an electorate that fell out of love with you last time, will

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they be back in love with you? Well, general elections are not about who

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lost through. It is about having a good local MP who will represent

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their views to Government and you have to say it is not a good thing

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for the country apart democracy to have a 1-party Government. You need

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an opposition as well and that is the part that we can play in making

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sure that we can hold people to account when they are in Government

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making decisions for our future. It is fairly obvious that you will play

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the pro-Europe -- European card, but surely any candidate or to buy a

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reasonable majority to come out, that is a dangerous card to play?

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Government and general elections are not about just Europe. There is a

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whole plethora of things that go into a manifesto, lots of decisions

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that we were going to make. Not just about Brexit but there is absolutely

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no question we don't the Government to account to make sure we have not

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as brittle Brexit will stop there are lots of people who feel that

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actually this is not entirely what they voted for and they want to make

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sure they have got MPs who do not just roll over when the Government

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says this is the way we will go. There should be questions asked. We

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are good for food and farming, there is very little manufacturing and we

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need to make sure the balance is right. Thank you very much indeed.

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Well, the Liberal Democrats other party or pretty well organised and

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set up by this general election. They have selected all other

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candidates. Can the same be said for the Labour Party? Let's go to

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Swindon now and join Will Glennon. Thank you, Clinton. From high up on

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all down you can see Swindon stretch off into the distance there. There

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are two parliamentary seats here and they are normally fought over by

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Labour and the Conservatives. The other parties have not traditionally

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made significant inroads here. We're watching Swindon North and Swindon

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South because they are known as bellwether constituencies. That is

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to say whoever wins here normally goes on to take Downing Street. In

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the Tony Blair years, Labour won both here. For the last two

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elections, it has been the Conservatives. Labour have been a

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little bit surprised by this announcement. I have spoken to them

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today and they have told me they haven't even selected their

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candidates, but they say they will swing into action. They are very

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well organised. They say there are lots of local issues to fight on,

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the state of the town's schools, the library closures that been proposed

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and will be enacted, and the rise in council tax. They say there are a

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lot of issues to fight on, but they will have to fight. The

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Conservatives are very strong in Swindon. They have the town's MPs

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and run the local council and they are ahead in the opinion polls.

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Thank you, Will. That was Will Glennon for us.

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Well, joining us from Westminster is the Wells MP, James Heappey.

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He is a conservative. Are you in shock? I was surprised, certainly.

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But I think the prime Minster has made absolutely the right decision.

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This country has an important tries to make. To be back by minister

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Theresa May, who will be a strong leader for our country, doing the

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right thing to get the best possible from the EU as we go to Brexit, or

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do be brisk voting for Labour or the Lib Dems or anyone else who will

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just give the keys to Downing Street to Jeremy Corbyn and I think we can

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all agree that that would be a disaster. Can we have some advice

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from you, please. The people who do not want a heart Brexit, you should

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they vote for? I think it is clear that whatever people's view on

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whether we should be in or out of the EU, last year the nation made a

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decision. We voted to leave. The only person who can get a good deal

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for the United Kingdom that is nearly there are hard or soft but

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does the right deal for us right now is Theresa May and that is the

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decision people have to make. That is not necessarily the case because

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both the Prime Minister, if she is re-elected, say you have backed me

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and the right of my party wants a hard Brexit, we want out of the

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single market and all the rest of it, this is my mandate. I think that

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returning Theresa May as our Prime Minister with a clear mandate in

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Parliament will not just give her a limited to meet you at home but will

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give her a in Brussels -- give a legitimacy in Brussels. That will

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mean sticking to the position that they have started out from. They

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will need to compromise. They will realise that the UK is behind our

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Prime Minister and they will need to come to terms that are beneficial

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both to the UK and the EU. But this election is not just about Europe.

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It is about who is running the country here in Westminster and to

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the party MPs and constituencies are across the country. I am clear that

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we are better connected and have a better deal for our public services

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and have a great plan for our local area and I'm ready to stand on the

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record and offer more for the five years that come in future. OK. We

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have a long six or seven weeks ahead of us. Thank you for joining us this

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evening. Well, we can all agree that the

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Liberal Democrats had a disaster in the last election. It is appropriate

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that the leader of the Lib Dems has joined us tonight. It is not often

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that the launch of a regional Metro mayoral candidate of the Liberal

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Democrat attracts the attention of the national media, but tonight

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everyone is here in force. They all want to speak to Tim Farren, who has

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come down and been ambushed today by the rather bigger news in town of

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the general election. Did you see this coming when he woke up this

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morning? No. We have prepared for the election. We had candidates

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selected. You have candidates elected in target seats. The talk

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was who would run in the non-target seats. I think we have candidates

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chosen pretty much everywhere and at the moment we are in a situation

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where the people have a great chance to change the direction of the

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country. The Labour Party have put themselves in a position with Jeremy

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Corbyn as their leader, they are split undivided and are not an

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effective opposition. I suspect that is why Theresa May called the

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election today and not for any other reason, but the election for the

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Liberal Democrats to be that strong and credible opposition that Britain

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desperately need, giving you the chance to vote against a hard Brexit

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is a really clear choice for as here. We are up the election. We may

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not have predicted it but we are up for it and ready for it. The West

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Country voted for Brexit. The majority of constituencies back to

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Brexit. What makes you think you have a times in the next general

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election? Element do not forget that the Liberal Democrats have had 44

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against a by-election since the summer, many of them in the West

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Country. This is about a party that is clear what it is standing for on

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the biggest issue of the day. Many voted for Brexit but wanted to be in

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the single market. But above all else, people want there to be a

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strong and decent opposition. As things stand, Jeremy Corbyn as the

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leader of the Labour Party, a situation where the Tories are going

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to be a 1-party state unless we step into that breach and we are prepared

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to do so. I remember talking to you two years ago when you were wiped

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out in the West Country and lost all your receipts. What on earth makes

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you think you can come back from that catastrophic law? One of my

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catchphrases as I can do nothing about the last election but I can do

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something about the next one. Remember that the party has doubled

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in size since the general election. It has added another 5000 since

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Theresa May called the election earlier this morning. During the

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last quarter, the Liberal Democrats had more donations than the Labour

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Party. We are the only credible and decent alternative to the Tories not

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just in the West Country but around the country and we are not buy this

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election. Britain needs to do well. Otherwise, if you are a Tory, surely

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it is awful for us to have a 1-party state with a kind of coronation.

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Lastly, briefly, how important is this part of the world to your party

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and this election? Massively important. Let's not forget that

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there is no bad weighted is a this election except through the Liberal

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Democrats in the West Country. That is the only way it can happen. The

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Liberal party are clearly going to go down. So Theresa May is he will

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go to a car in May -- Coronation now unless we brought in. You are

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repeating yourself now. That is my job. Thank you very much. I am sure

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this is not the last time he will be here between now and the general

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election. He took that well. Good humour. Brace yourselves, I think is

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the message from tonight, as we have seven weeks to go. What a day it has

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been. Quite a lively one after a long unpleasant bank holiday. We

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need another one now. Do stay with us we've got

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plenty more to come, including a possible life

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line for Bristol Rugby. But before that, our other main news

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this evening is that Avon and Somerset police has been

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warned its relationship with Bristol's black community

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is the worst it's been for 20 years. It follows the high profile

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tasering of a race relations The Chief Constable

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admits more must be done. Here's our Home Affairs

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Correspondent Charlotte Callen. He just grabbed him. Kayser, taster,

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Glazer! Filmed on a phone by a neighbour. This video made headlines

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around the world. The man is 63 and a grandfather, he's uttered by an

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officer on his own back doorstep. -- tasered by an officer. He was a race

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relations adviser to the police. I think what happened as taking any

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sort of relationship with the police and the community and has taken it

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back 20 years. Michael Jacksons worked with the police three years

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ago to make this video about stopping -- stopped and searched to

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help train new officers. The idea was to break down the fear and

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reduce the number of stop and searches with a racial bias. In

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2013, black people were nearly four times more likely to be stopped and

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searched. Now in 2016, they are over six times more likely to be stopped.

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And this has also caused anger. Desmond Brown runs a community

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project in Bristol. He also runs a campaign group fighting for justice

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for the tasered man. I call it racism. I think we have hired

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institutional racism as a hook to hang or problems on and we have done

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nothing about it. It is racism, whether it is an institution or not.

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The police say they are listening. Their Chief Constable is unable to

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comment on the incident of the man being tasered. It is being formally

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investigated by the IPC seat, but he says he is pleased with the

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performance of his force. There are too many black men being stopped and

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searched but it is something we are taken great steps to ensure fairness

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and transparency on. Her Majesty's Constabulary has reviewed stop and

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searches across the whole country and found that 96% had reasonable

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grounds to conduct the search. That was what was regarded. Social media

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makes this kind of incident very public and very high profile and

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shines a new light on how officers police communities on our streets. I

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am very sorry to have to tell you there's that the Bristol paramedic

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whose colleagues took part in a running man danced to raise money

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for pioneering new cancer treatment has died on her 41st birthday. She

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was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma five years ago. She briefly

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shared her experiences of the disease in an online blog to raise

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awareness and to help others. Bristol City scored one of the most

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impressive and patient goals They completed 31 consecutive

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passes in the build-up to Tammy Abraham's goal,

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with nine members Elsewhere, Ellis Harrison

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kept Bristol Rovers slim playoff hopes alive,

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scoring against Oldham. Swindon are still in trouble after

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losing to a late goal at Walsall. In League Two, Yeovil moved seven

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points clear of relegation Cheltenham have a five-point cushion

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after defeating Grimsby 2-1. Bristol Rugby club are waiting

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to find out if they'll be handed Defeat to Wasps on Sunday

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confirmed that they'll finish Their fate now depends on who wins

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the Championship playoffs. One of the clubs involved, Ealing,

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doesn't meet the criteria So if they win the playoffs,

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Bristol could yet be saved. A proposed takeover of

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Gloucester Rugby Club has collapsed. The France-based businessman

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Mohed Altrad was aiming to buy a 45 But Premiership Rugby members have

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voted that he can only As a result, the Syrian-born

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billionaire has decided Time for us to walk upstairs to Ian,

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who has the weather on this lovely day. I thought it was going to be

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quiet. Yes, indeed. Hello, everybody. Well, at least it has

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been a quiet day weather-wise. The story this week will be an

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overwhelmingly dry one once again. Indeed, this part of the month there

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have been a number of net offers regarding scissors -- Met Office

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recording stations recording hardly any rain. We have a fair amount of

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sunshine around. High-pressure establishing itself across as under

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the course of tonight it will be a cold night with the risk of frost

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across many parts of southern England, particularly central

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southern England. Tomorrow, a good deal of sunshine with more cloud

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around for the afternoon. Fast forward through a fine evening into

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tonight. A lot of clear sky around. The odd patch of mist or fog around,

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particularly through parts of Somerset and into Devon.

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Temperatures there too 2-4 C, but we could get lower than that. Not

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surprised to get down to freezing or below, so gardeners be aware of that

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risk of frost. Tomorrow, after the risk of frost, the file will be out

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of the way. Sunshine through the morning. Variable amounts of cloud.

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Buying conditions with light winds and no rain insight. 13-14 C

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tomorrow. Over the next few days, do not take the cloud amounts to

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literally but the balance towards dry weather with maybe some spots of

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rain on Thursday morning but not much of it. Ian, thank you so much.

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Do not forget, there will be more analysis on our late bulletin as

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well, although not from Brenda from Bristol. I think she has spoken for

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millions today.

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