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Welcome to BBC Points West. so it's goodbye from me -

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Tonight we're in Swindon with exactly four weeks to go

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We start a tour of the West taking our sofa out on the road,

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unpacking the key issues and speaking to you the voters.

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I like Jeremy Corbyn. I want to continue that. So it is Theresa May

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The U? I think so. We'll be looking at

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the issue of housing and asking whether anyone

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has a solution. The South African grandmother

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fearing deportation after undergoing a medical examination to see

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if she's fit to fly. Every minute of every day,

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even Christmas Day, your birthday, there's somebody in here working

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on your blood. And the little girl with leukaemia

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seeing what happens A South African grandmother staying

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in Bristol with her family because she's too ill to fly home

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fears her deportation has Irene Nel's visa has

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expired and the Home Office But her family say she

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won't get the treatment 73 years old and living

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in constant fear. For nearly five years now

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the South African grandmother has been fighting for the right to stay

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here in the UK with her daughter Desree, her three sons

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and seven grandchildren. I'm terrified, I can't

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take that any more. The day they come to arrest me

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and say I must go, that is going to It was during a visit here back

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in 2012 when Irene fell ill and was diagnosed

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with kidney failure. She's still very ill and needs

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dialysis three times a week to stay alive,

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treatment that the family say she But the treatment is expensive,

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legally Irene has no right to be here, and so the Home Office have

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been warning for more than a year that she will have

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to be deported. It has caused so much

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stress and worry. I am terrified they are going

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to come back and say, Today, Irene and Desree need

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to head to a police station for Irene to sign on to prove

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she's still in Bristol. They have to do this regularly

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but there's always the fear that this might be the day they get

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the news bad news. Although Irene and Desree

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dread their visits here, the visits themselves are normally pretty

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straightforward and don't take very long at all,

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sometimes just a matter of minutes. However, today, something that

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seemed to be different. They have been in there for more

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than an hour already. We don't know what

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is going on, we will They've done a medical

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assessment on mum. To me, that looks

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like they are trying It just shows they are not going

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to sit back and go, let her stay. They are going to try

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and get my mum out. So this evening, after yet

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another difficult day, there are still no answers

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and the future for Irene It's four weeks to polling day,

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a key day in the election calendar as nominations have closed

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and we now know who To mark the occasion,

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Points West is taking to the road We're in Regent Street in

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the constituency of Swindon South, a place which has backed the winning

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party ever since When Swindon South votes Labour so

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does the rest of the country. In the last couple of elections they have

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gone Tory as has the rest of the UK. Over the next four weeks

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we'll be out and about, taking our red sofa to different

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places in the West, profiling some of the key marginal constituencies

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and touching on some of the hot Later in the programme,

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we'll be talking to our political editor

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Paul Barltrop, discuss housing and the political wheeling

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and dealing of the day, but first, Robin Markwell has been

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taking the temperature of this Yes, Brenda from Bristol,

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another one. A battlebus would

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have cost too much. Well, at least you can

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do U-turns in this. Forget about exiting the EU,

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trying to leave the town's most famous landmark

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was challenging enough. The south of the town has

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always been a tussle It's currently held

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by the Conservatives They say whoever wins

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here wins Downing Street Swindon was a town

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forged by the railways. Labour's leaked manifesto says

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renationalising those will be But while tradiitional Labour voters

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welcome the policies it's the leader who

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still divides opinion. You've got to have a bit

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of a personality and I'm sorry, I don't think

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Corbyn's got it. He is a very good

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university talker and with his own little liberal set

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around him but I don't think he is the right man to run the

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country. Down the barbers, they're not

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talking holidays but politics. Darren's a Corbyn supporter

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who likes his policies But he thinks he's getting

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the brush off by the press. It is breaking through the media

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for Jeremy Corbyn, I think, He will speak for me

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and speak for a lot of people Head south from the Parks area

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and you'll see just how much Spacious new homes are springing

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up to house the town's The employment boom is driven

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by the service sector. The firm Carpeo is typical-

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creating hundreds of jobs, That will take effect

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on the 11th of May 2017. Their director is also good

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at sticking to the script. I think people probably do

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want strong and stable Yes, I'm not giving away who I am

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voting for, of course. But it has sunk in

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there, it is embedded. It is probably the key

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issue of the campaign. On the streets of South Swindon

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today it is clear this election is more than just Brexit

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all May versus Corbyn. There was talk too about

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cuts to local services This is a battle being fought out

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on many fronts and it We'll be back later in the programme

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at the National Self-Build Centre, You'll be seeing a lot of him over

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the next four weeks. Don't away because I will be at the national

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self build Centre. But now for a look at the rest

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of the day's news, here's Alex. A court has heard how a man

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beat his former partner with an iron before setting her alight

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in her own home in Swindon. 32-year-old Anthony Porter

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was today jailed for life after admitting murdering

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Andraya Lyons in December. Her family's appealed to any one

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in a violent relationship A fun loving and bubbly mother,

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someone who saw the good in They expressed their grief

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outside court today. We miss her so much

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and our lives have been completely devastated by the act

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of one evil, vicious, selfish, manipulative and

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cowardly individual. Her partner Anthony Porter had

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a problem with drink and drugs and a history of violence

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towards women, including Andraya. The court heard that on the night

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of the 9th of December they were at Andraya's works

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Christmas party at a hotel in Swindon

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when Porter became aggressive and Andraya left with friends saying

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it was over between them. But Porter got back into her house

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drunk and using cocaine. He beat her with an iron,

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broke her nose, stamped on her, before dousing her with white

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spirits setting the house Post Mortem examination show Andraya

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was unconscious but still breathing Porter gave himself up

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to the police, saying But the judge didn't accept that,

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saying he clearly intended to kill Andraya, adding what he did to her

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unconscious body was appalling. She had tried to separate from

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Porter but he was still living with her because she does want him to be

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homeless. I would simply say to people they can come forward and

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speak to the police with the confidence they will treated

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sensitively. If they can't speak to the police, there are other agencies

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such as Women's Aid who will give that help and support.

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Porter serve 17 and a half years in jail before

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being considered for parole, and will remain under licence

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An inquest into the death of a nine-year-old girl

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from Gloucestershire has heard she died after a horse

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Bonnie Armitage was taking part in the Cotswold Hunt

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It ruptured a major artery, even though she was wearing a chest

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Her father describe her as a "positive, glass half full2

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kind of girl who could ride before she could walk.

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coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, based in Gloucestershire

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is celebrating a double anniversary today.

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Made up of hundreds of soldiers from over 20 different nations,

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the ARRC has pioneered the command and control operation of NATO troops

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But its relatively short history can actually be traced back much further

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with surprising links to the county it now calls home.

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Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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It gives me great pleasure to formally rename this

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2008 and RAF Innsworth became Imjin Barracks - the Allied Rapid

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Formed in 1992 it was the first of NATO's high readiness

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Its role - to command and control troops during military

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Some of the things it has done in the operational

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deployed sense have been genuinely game changing.

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The deployment to Afghanistan was extraordinary in so much

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it was a declaration of trust, particularly by the US because it

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devolved under command of a British officer.

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A very substantial US force, the first time this had been

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there since the Second World War, 45,000 American troops.

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The ARRC may be only 25 years old but its origins can be traced

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back 200 years to the Battle of Waterloo where you'll also find

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The ARRC formed out of the former 1st British Corps,

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set up originally by the Duke of Wellington in 1815.

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In the entrance hall at Cirencester Park hangs a huge

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portrait of Wellington atop his infamous steed Copenhagen.

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It was commissioned by Henry, the third Earl Bathurst

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from Cirencester, who at the time was Secretary of State

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He was responsible for putting Napoleon into St Helena for

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He was, I supposed to a certain extent, the equivalent of

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He would have been heavily involved in the first corps, especially

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Two centuries on, the ARRC is conscious of the role

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it could play in future military history books.

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In uncertain times its role this year to command NATO ground troops

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should they be deployed anywhere in the world.

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Welcome back to Swindon, where we've taken our red

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sofa out of the studio for a little runaround.

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Tonight we're in the constituency of Swindon South, one of the key

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marginals in this election and we've come to the

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In a moment we'll be talking housing, but I'm joined now

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by our political editor Paul Barltrop.

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One of the big stories of today is the close of nominations,

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What is interesting as to who is standing as to who it is not

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standing. There has been talking between the parties. 31

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constituencies across the West counties. Conservatives, Labour and

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Lib Dem candidates everywhere. Ukip a massively down sitting at less

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than half the seats. They have been telling supporters to vote

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Conservatives but that is not the case in Cheltenham. What is

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happening there is interesting. Isn't a 15 heads of the Lib Dem

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seed, taken by the Conservatives. Cheltenham last day's referendum

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voted to remain so the anti-Brexit Lib Dems fancied their chances of

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getting it back. They have suffered a double blow today. Ukip withdrew

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their candidate and many of their supporters in Cheltenham likely to

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vote Conservative. At the same time, the Greens say they will put up a

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candidate after their offer of an anti-Tory pact was rejected.

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At the moment in Stroud, Cheltenham and Gloucester there are three

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Conservative MPs and it was a really great opportunity to return three

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candidates from the Green, Labour and Lib Dems across those

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It is very frustrating that we didn't get to

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the stage of talking to the other parties.

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People of Cheltenham won't have a Ukip candidate so I would

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hope they will look at what they want to achieve, look at the

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manifestos, listen to the arguments and then make the best choice

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I think it'll play very big in the selection.

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We have had Tim Farron for the Lib Dems them in the West Country today.

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He seems to live yet at the moment. What has been very action? This is

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an important reason for them, they want to take back places like

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Cheltenham. He visited there today met a group of supporters trying

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their best not to look disappointed but the reality is he just hopes

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Labour and the green supporters in Cheltenham or do some tactical

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voting. For many voters, that is something they want to be aware of.

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Help yourself to a cup of tea! We're in a show home which is then built

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inside the centre. For many voters, the lack

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of affordable housing is one Even today, a report has come out

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saying there just aren't enough houses out there,

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which is why prices Some of our councils, however,

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are starting to build again but it's not quite the council homes

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you might imagine. In Bristol, they may be

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building council houses. But elsewhere, our councils

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are turning their hand to building houses for profit

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to make extra money In Bath North East Somerset,

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they've set up a new housing The old council house

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building in Keynsham They're going to build

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new flats in Bath. While others, like this one

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in Kingsmead Square, This has been empty

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for about four years. It used to be managed by the social

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housing company, Curo. And now the lease is up,

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the council's taken it back. Nine properties have already

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been let in this way, The problem is at the moment our

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sources of funding are reducing and we are having to be creative

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to find new ways of generating revenue to provide the services

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we want to provide. In Swindon, they're hoping to make

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?3.5 million in two years These initiatives may be adding

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to the country's housing stock, Sadly, though, according to one

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local government think tank, all this commercial activity

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is unlikely to end in Many places aren't doing

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it for that reason. Places are engaging with this

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because they want to find a way of filling in holes that

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exist in budgets already. The amount of public

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services is increasing, people need to find

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a way of generating people need to find a way of

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generating the money from somewhere. All this commercial

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activity is a huge cultural But building new houses is now

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a political imperative. And how the different parties

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approach the problem could win or lose them votes

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at the ballot box. We're joined now by Harvey Fremlin,

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the director of the centre here and Julien Robinson,

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an estate agent who himself is trying to get onto

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the housing ladder. Welcome to my lovely home! How much

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would it cost me to buy a semidetached house in Swindon? A

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three-bedroom, in the region of ?240,000. Is there a demand for

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them? What is the cue? The housing market is strong, that is a demand

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very much from various people, first-time buyers, investors from

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upsizing and downsizing. Can people afford it, obviously they can all

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the prices would have come down? Our people financing its? First-time

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buyers find it harder so they are financing and saving up for a

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deposit. The bank of mum and dad is helping out. Rental prices are so

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high. You need ?25,000 as a deposit on a house costing 250,000. Harvey,

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lots of people here tonight are going to this auction buying land

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and houses for renovation. Is that way of doing cheaper?

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It is. We find we have got to mix of people. People who wanted buying

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plots of land and we've got people who will take on a property that not

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have been maintained over the years and it is a cheaper way for them to

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get onto the housing ladder. Perhaps they can sell it on and move up the

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ladder that way. How much would it cost me if I wanted to buy a plot of

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land? What is the minimum you could arrange a plot of land for me? It is

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the number one question we get asked. There are so many variables

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depending on where that plot of land is, the accessibility, services. One

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thing to consider is where that plot is, there will be a natural cap to

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the value of any home. No matter what you end up building on it.

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We've got lots of land available across the UK at the value of

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70-80,000. Then you've got to build the house

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on top of it. How much is that going to be? 100,000?

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100,000 plus, realistically. Depending on the Dude you have taken

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and the design and specification, you could have equity in the home so

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it is worth more than the many you have spent.

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We watch these TV programmes about building your own health and that is

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always a crisis and drama. It wouldn't make good TV unless

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there was a crisis. If we were to commission a TV series is to be the

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family that designed a nice efficient house, stuck to the budget

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and moved in when they expected to. But that doesn't make good TV. But

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that is the majority of people who build their own homes.

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It'd be an important issue during this election. That is it from me.

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Over the next four weeks our red city will be on tour. Maybe you will

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be sitting is one day. If you want to build your own home you need one

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of these. It would look better on you, Alex.

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Thank you for leaving me a bit of sofa.

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Now many of us don't like injections or blood tests

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but for children it can be particularly daunting.

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So to help young people overcome their fears

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some hospitals are allowing them to become scientists

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Jenny Walrond joined nine-year-old Idara at Musgrove Park

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Blood tests and other invasive treatments are a fact of life for

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She has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

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But today she is finding out what happens to her blood samples.

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Hi, Idara, nice to meet you, welcome to the laboratory.

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She is becoming a lab scientist for a few hours.

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Every minute of every day, even Christmas Day,

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your birthday, there is somebody in here working on

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It benefits the patient but it is a benefit for our

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staff because it provides an opportunity for them to engage with

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patients where usually the laboratory doesn't even though

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they are directly involved with patient care.

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Idara's visit has been organised through a charity called

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Harvey's Gang, named after Harvey Buster Baldwin who had

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leukaemia and wanted to know where his blood went.

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Sadly, Harvey died in 2014 but his curiosity has led

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to children in other hospitals being allowed into labs.

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They can see why they need to have these tests done so we can then

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ensure they can carry on with their treatment.

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My best bit was interesting about the cells.

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My next interesting one was the blood around here.

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And when she next has her blood taken Idara knows

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Ian is on Ian is on the roof with the weather.

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It will be warm but it will be brighter with cloudy faces. We

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watched a band of showers forming across Somerset today and March its

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way northwards. They were persistent across the Bristol Channel. Still a

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chance of a few showers forming for the rest of this evening. Here is a

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wider look. Tonight, showery rain moving northwards and it will give a

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wider in the. Tomorrow, a bit oddly potluck story with showers

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distribution out towards the west. So, for the rest of this evening

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shower with fading but up comes that band of rain during the course of

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tonight. No great amounts, modest amount. It will be a mile and humid

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night, temperatures between 11-13dC. The cloud base lower. Tomorrow,

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still a lot of cloud alone but the heat gets to work on that and it's a

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bubble up giving way to sunnier spells, some of you will stay dry

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through the rest of the day but others less so. It has for heavy

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showers but temperatures tomorrow into the upper teens. That is all

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we've got time for. That is all we have got time for. See you later.

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