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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.

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Our main story tonight: The contest for control.

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Political parties in the region set themselves for a seven-week

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We'll assess the day's events and look at the other

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Also in the programme: The dog attack that's left a pregnant

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woman and her husband needing hospital treatment.

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The brakes go on at BMW at Swindon as workers stage a 24-hour strike.

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And after a transplant funded by public donations,

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this teenager makes his way back to school.

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The rush is on across the West to prepare for a general

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Political parties and election officers are having to move fast

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after MPs confirmed today we will go to the polls on 8th June.

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A third of the region's parliamentary seats changed hands

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at the last election and there's sure to be plenty of close

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Let's join our political editor, Paul Barltrop, who's

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This is Chipping Sodbury. In the weeks to come, there will be a lot

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of electioneering come. The Conservatives took the seat of the

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Liberal Democrats last time, Thornbury and Yate. The second most

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marginal Stroud in Gloucestershire. The Tories there been chased by

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labour. Bath, the Liberal Democrats are the main challenges the. And

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then Bristol East, the Conservatives might just fancy their chances.

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Plenty of work to do for the parties, activists and candidates of

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the next seven weeks. At the Liberal Democrat

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office in Chippenham, Campaigning already

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underway for May's local We were already prepared for the

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game, you warm up for the match, and we have been ready since the

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referendum. We are moving fast. Last year's Brexit vote was very

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significant for both I joined a few days after the EU

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referendum result. I have been a conservative voter before them that.

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I have been a member of the party for 20 years. But this feels quite

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different, a lot more bus and people coming forward. It is good.

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Warming up for a summer election are Somerset's Conservatives.

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They were already busy campaigning to keep control

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A little bit shocked yesterday. I have been campaigning for the county

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for a number of months now. We thought the time had gone for the

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general election. In both contests, they face strong

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challenges from the Lib Dems. We have had the county council

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campaign up and going and we will use the same people, resources and

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system. We are in a good place to launch a national campaign.

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Others are still selecting candidates.

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In Stroud, former Labour MP David Drew is considering standing

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It is a surprise. I am not sure if it is good for Labour, but it is not

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good for the country because I am worried we seem to be going on a

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populist bandwagon and I do not think that is good for our

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democracy. He knows party leader Jeremy Corbyn,

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who last year came campaigning in Gloucestershire, isn't doing well

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in the polls. It would be nice if we had lots of

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people out, sticking up bunting and the rest of it, but it is not quite

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like that election, it is taken up is on the hop, maybe the

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Conservatives knew it was coming. Campaigning for local elections has

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been underway for months. Spare a thought for the election

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officials. They have got a real job on their hands.

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With just seven weeks to go, electoral officers have told us it's

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going to be difficult to secure some of the usual polling stations

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But, of course, before the general election,

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there's a very important contest to be decided here in the West.

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There is a risk the all this excitement risks washing away the

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local elections taking place on the 4th of May that they are really

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important. The best part of 1 million people voting for a new

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position. Voters are beginning to wake up to this now and receiving a

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booklet this week in the post Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire.

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They have also had the polling cards. We will hold a debate tonight

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in the science park with all the candidates. They are reversing some

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of the technicals at the moment. This is the first time all six have

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come together but this debate will be aired tomorrow, so if you are

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interested in this election, that is the one to watch after the late news

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tomorrow night on BBC One when all the arguments will be thrashed out

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over this new job with big powers. We have met the candidates already

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on our vintage bus, and the like, it is the turn of our last two, an

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independent candidate and a Liberal Democrats.

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Four candidates down, just two to go.

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Their last leg of the tour took us to beautiful Bath.

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I think it looked better painted orange.

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Stephen Williams was the MP for Bristol West but lost

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He was also a minister in the coalition.

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We've got a great story to tell about both our cities

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All it's lacked over the years is one person to sell it

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to the world and to a better deal out of government as well.

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Because I've got in-depth experience, and this is going to be

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It's going to be bringing people together in the community

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here in the West of England but it's also going to be up

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in London frequently, meeting with the Prime Minister

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and other key ministers, asking for what we need in Bristol

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and Bath in terms of public transport investment and a better

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What are you proposing when it comes to old railway stations?

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I'm proposing, as a start, just to reopen four,

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but I've met with Network Rail and they say that that is feasible

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But, of course, what we need to do in the long run is complete

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electrification so we can do so much more.

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Will you take our quickfire Metro Mayor mini quiz?

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The Metro Mayor will be able to call in planning decisions,

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perhaps like the one to extent Cribbs Causeway.

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Can you name the two anchor stores, at either end of them now,

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The Metro Mayor will have responsibility for trains perhaps

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Bristol Temple Meads, Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road,

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Who's the current manager of Bristol Rovers football club?

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Our last stop was Bath's big neighbour and, in true Bristol

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fashion, we were held up in traffic at the Brislington lights.

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Appropriately enough, that was just what our final

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candidate, John Savage, wanted to talk about.

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There's lots to do and this is a starter, but we need to get

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the three local authorities to get some idea of working together,

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I've been trying for years, and to find something they can agree

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It will probably start with transport.

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You are talking about bringing back the tram at the time we're getting

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I think the Metrobus is a great thing, it's been well done,

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but it's very late, it's 20 years behind.

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If we look to the future, thinking about what the place

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will be like in 2050, then trams are an important part

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of that, they have a longevity and an efficiency that

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Will you take our West Mare quickfire quiz?

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Our region has a proud heritage of manufacturing.

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Can you name the Bath firm that makes the cranes

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What was the number of the bus powered by human waste that plied

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What was the name of the Channel 4 teen drama that was filmed almost

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Oh, dear. Not Holby... Skins? And on that disappointing note, our grand

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tour came to an end. The driver was already on overtime and I was out of

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questions. Now it is up to voters to decide whether they want to get an

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board the West's big election. I think Robin has got a format that

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the new programme. And our Metro Mayor debate will be

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on BBC One tomorrow at 10:45pm just Don't miss that or anything else

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we have still to bring you on tonight's programme,

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including a report from I will report on how Lamport is

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hoping the grant will develop the River parrot and revive its

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fortunes. And the present which took four days to wrap.

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A heavily pregnant woman and her husband needed hospital

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treatment after being attacked by two dogs in Wiltshire.

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Emma Vickery began having contractions after two mastiff-type

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dogs left her with multiple bite wounds at around 7pm yesterday.

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We were hoping the dogs would sniff about and go away, but the nightmare

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happened, and they started attacking us. The up your teeth marks.

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It is a popular spot for dog walkers.

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Yesterday evening, Sam and his wife, Emily,

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were walking their chihauhaus when two mastiff-type

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What happened next left them both needing hospital treatment.

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They wanted those to ours out of our hands. They were constantly biting

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us. We were screaming for help. We feared for our lives. It was a

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horrible ordeal. They were charging at my stomach. At one point, I was

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on the ground. I did not see how it was going to end.

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Emily, 37 weeks pregnant, began having contractions,

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This is where they came for the walk. It is one of the most

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picturesque spots in the home of Wiltshire. The car park hundred

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metres in that direction when the attack happened. From talking to

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other Doug walkers, they may not have been the first. Something very

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similar happened here just a day or two before. Our Doug was attacked on

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Sunday. Walking around, two dogs came and attacked him. She put him

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on a lead, made straight for her car and was gone.

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Police are now looking for the owner,

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described as a woman in her 60s who left the scene in a Mini.

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Emily and Sam have been left shaken by the attack.

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Their chihauhaus needed emergency treatment

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They don't yet know if they've suffered any permanent injuries.

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Staff at BMW in Swindon went on strike today

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It's the first in a series of eight 24-hour stoppages by members

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of Unite Union designed, they say, to encourage BMW bosses

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Andy Howard has been on the picket line today.

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Many of them have been here since 5am. That's when the walk-out

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finishes tomorrow. Not just in Swindon bidden four other plants

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across the country. They are waving their flags, honking their horns

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about pensions. The message to BMW is clear, to remove their final

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salary pension, a scheme many have been paying into for the entire

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working life and replacing it with something else is not the raw water

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were looking for at the end of it. This factory in Swindon didn't make

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anything today because most of the staff walked out

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for the first time Let's say his annual wage is ?30,000

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- he would have been expecting But that pension plan has

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suddenly been scrapped. Now, he says, he'd get more

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like ?14,000 a year or even less If Trevor lives to 80,

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he could be about ?120,000 worse I feel very disappointed. I feel

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like the company has let me down. I have worked there for 36 years and

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now they are trying to rob me of my retirement.

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Today, the picket line was full of similar stories.

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I stand to lose in excess of ?120,000 for my pension pot. I want

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to retire with dignity and respect, and BMW should honour that.

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Even the union's assistant General Secretary visited to add his voice.

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We cannot accept that. Our people are being treated differently in the

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UK than elsewhere. The company needs to sit down with us negotiate a

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proper deal that will satisfy everybody, and unfortunately we are

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a long way from that the moment. BMW'S statement said this type

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of pension is "unsustainable and unaffordable in the long-term"

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and they are changing it now to "protect existing and future

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pensions and ensure long-term competitiveness

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of the UK operation." Whether you think they're

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masterpieces or not, there was no progress

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on the production line here today. One of England's smallest towns,

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Langport in Somerset, is bidding for hundreds of thousands

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of pounds to help it become more It's applied for a grant

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which could see floating pontoons As part of our 60th birthday

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celebrations, we've asked famous And tonight, it's the

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turn of Dragons' Den She's been finding out

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what prompted Langport's bid. It was a major incident. The wettest

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winter on record triggered an event on a scale no one could have

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predicted. In 2014, large parts of the Somerset Levels spent much of

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the winter under water. Villagers were isolated, homes evacuated and

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the farming community in disarray. John Humphrys lives locally and took

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on the challenge of cycling through the floodwaters. John, got to ask

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you, why did you do it? I have a lot of spare time on my hands at the

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moment and I had to be done. What do you think the floods did to the

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community spirit? I think it brought people together in some ways.

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Devastating for a lot of people. It made people look at other people's

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problems and a lot of help within the community and outside as well.

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Talking to people here, I get a real sense that the floods actually

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revive the spirit of community, but the area has moved on and they now

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face new challenges and are working together to overcome them. In the

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face of cuts in public funding, the town council like many across the

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West is stepping into balance the books. Langport is known for having

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99% independent shops, mostly small businesses. We are trying to make it

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desperate nations are more people come and spend money, helping

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businesses to thrive. -- destinations so the town is turning

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to the River parrot and ironically, as Brexit looms, the Europe to bring

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revenue into the town. Today, this is a lovely tranquil scene, but in

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the 1860s, this was a bitterly fought with goods being carried the

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Bridgwater to Bristol from timber, coal, sort and bricks, but is going

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up and down the river, but with the arrival of the railways, the traffic

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on the waterways got less and less. But today, there are plans to

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regenerate. The four Article 50 was triggered last month, a local group

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bid for ?100,000 of European money to develop the water from here so

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day-trippers can explore the River so anglers and local people can use

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this fantastic stretch of water. One of the people involved is Mark

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Fuller, and he has invited me and local business people onto his boat.

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Lovely to meet you, Mark. It is a beautiful day on the river. If you

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are successful in your bid for the EU money, what would you do with it?

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The money's main gain is to allow people to access the river, and if

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you look to the side here, you will see the disabled fishing base. We

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hope to replace these with pontoons to allow safe access to the river.

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You got tourists visiting the area. What would all of this mean? It is

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another feather in the cap on another reason for us to get people

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to visit Langport. There is the opportunity to reimagine it is a

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place for visitors to come and enjoy, as a tourist attraction in

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itself. Patricia Marx run the Somerset business agency offering

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support and advice to local firms. She says the town can learn a lot

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from other Somerset towns and villages. It is making the best of

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its assets, and Langport has got the river, it has got the beautiful

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Somerset Levels, and taking examples like broom, which has got the

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market, a music venue, Bruton, the up-and-coming one. It has got lots

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to do yet, and I am delighted that some of the stuff is coming forward.

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I was born in Taunton in this county and really care about how it

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develops. Langport has a real opportunity to shape its future.

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What happens next here really matters.

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And if you want to know how Deborah Meaden found

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being a celebrity Points West reporter, then go on to our Facebook

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The Somerset teenager whose potentially life-saving bone marrow

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transplant had to be funded by public donations has

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14-year-old Daryl Allinson from Frome had his first

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transplant in 2015 but, when his rare cancer

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returned a year later, the NHS turned down funding

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Our Somerset correspondent, Clinton Rogers, who has covered this

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story from the beginning, has the latest.

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This isn't just any old return to school.

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I am a little bit nervous, but mostly excited.

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Small wonder - the last time Daryl was in a classroom was a year ago.

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What he has been through, just to know that he is going back

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to school again and being a 14-year-old and back

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with his mates, I am just so proud of that boy.

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It's been a roller-coaster couple of years for a teenager and a family

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who refused to give up and defied the odds.

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When the NHS refused to fund a second

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bone marrow transplant, they said, these are difficult

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decisions based largely on evidence of which treatments are effective.

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Which left the family to launch a public appeal -

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an appeal which raised more than ?80,000 for a second operation.

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Now Daryl has recovered sufficiently to go back

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Back among friends, just trying now to lead a normal life.

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Not that it's that normal for a new student to be greeted

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by a college principal on his first day at a new school.

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I feel like I have got more energy, but still not enough to do full days

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Yes, towards the NHS, and I always will.

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I always will feel angry towards them.

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To say no to my child or to any child.

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Here, they're keen to ease Daryl back into full-time

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And what better way to start than with maths?

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I know going back to school 's hard work, but well done.

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Now, you'll never guess what I've bought you!

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It's just what you've always wanted - Concorde.

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It had taken four people four days to wrap her up

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to protect her from building work at her new home at Filton.

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And today, the wraps were off and next is six weeks of maintenance

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work and hopefully a grand opening this August.

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I have already been to at least one barbecue. Tomorrow will be a starts

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the with bright weather but the trend will be the cloud to increase

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through the course of the morning. A few spots of light drizzly rain

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embedded in that, not much of that though. Through the course of the

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afternoon, a lot of cloud around but brighter spells possible. We have

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high pressure across the top of the British Isles. That means any fronts

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tend to be weak affairs. That will be the case tomorrow morning with a

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warm front coming in, introducing cloud. The sign for light drizzly

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rain. But of little consequence for those of you wanting reign of any

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note. None of that around at the moment. A dry story done it. The

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cloud has been increasing so the amounts of cloud will dictate where

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we sit temperature wise. We could get as low as four Celsius. More

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broadly, 5-7 C by first light. Some early sunshine around John the first

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part of the morning. That will get squeezed up on the north is that

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cloud increases. A little bit of light patchy drizzly rain. A number

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of you will not see any of that at all. Through the afternoon, a fair

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amount of cloud that they hope brighter spells. Temperatures

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tomorrow 13 Celsius. They will climb up on Friday, drop on Saturday,

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largely dry taking us to the end of the week.

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the most that have ever voted for anything in this country,

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