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More than 1,500 people have marched through the centre

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of Bristol in protest at the new US president.

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The demonstration was organised in just three days

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There've been similar marches around the world,

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with women's groups saying they wanted to highlight issues

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They came from all over the West with one clear message...

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To stand in solidarity with people across the world who do not feel

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that Donald Trump is fit to be President of the United States.

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The demonstration was organised by a local fitness instructor

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when she realised there was not a march already

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I put it online to see if anyone would join me and within three days

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we had over 1,000 sign-ups, I had to close registration

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because there have been so many people, so much interest.

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For some, it was their first-ever demonstration.

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For others, the continuation of an ongoing struggle

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We are here today because we are half-American and we really

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We want to stand up for equality and women's rights.

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I think his campaign was based on hate and stirring

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up hatred in America, which is already incredibly unequal.

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So, today, a show of unity, but what happens next very much

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depends on how this presidency plays out and whether the hopes and fears

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of millions of people around the world will or won't be realised.

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Laura Jones, BBC Points West, Bristol.

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The bookies' favourite to become the West's first ever

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In May, voters will go to the polls in South Gloucestershire, Bath

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The main parties have been choosing their candidates and today

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it was the turn of the Tories, who are considered frontrunners

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South Gloucestershire Conservative councillor Tim Bowles won today

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They are optimistic he will do so again in May's election.

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Genuinely absolutely thrilled, but more importantly, humbled.

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It was an amazing turnout, terrific to see so many people.

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I know the other two candidates, I have got to know them well,

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There were two other brilliant candidates,

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I was really surprised to learn from everybody else how

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many other good quality candidates we had.

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Based on the votes cast across the three council areas

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in the last general election, the Conservatives, who came well

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ahead, reckon they are favourites for the Metro Mayor contest.

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But go back to 2010, it was the Lib Dems who came first

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And Labour know the area can be good for them.

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They got the most votes in the three previous general elections.

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Labour went first, recently choosing Lesley Mansell as their candidate.

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The Liberal Democrats must decide between former council leader

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Simon Cook and the ex-Bristol West MP Stephen Williams,

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Ask me a year ago, "Could the Liberal Democrats aspire to win

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an election across the West Country?"

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but the referendum votes, the Brexit outcome has transformed

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May's vote may not be so dramatic but 900,000 people of the West

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will get a brand-new type of political leader.

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Paul Barltrop, BBC Points West, Bath.

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In football, the misery continues for Bristol City

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who have slipped further down the Championship table after a 1-0

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Bristol Rovers fared no better in League 1,

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Swindon also lost at home against Peterborough.

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In League 2, Blackpool equalised in the 95th minute

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to deny Yeovil victory, whilst Cheltenham also conceded

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a stoppage time goal to lose at home against Plymouth.

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Forest Green Rovers drew 1-1 with Braintree

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Bath Rugby secured a home quarterfinal in the European

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Challenge Cup as they scored ten tries to beat Pau 69-10 at the Rec.

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Anthony Watson and Paul Grant both scored two tries.

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And Bristol lost 37-21 at Cardiff Blues.

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Jordan Williams scored two tries for Bristol.

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Time for a weather update - here's Bee Tucker.

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Well, we have had some sunshine today, we have seen a bit of cloud

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push in over the last few hours and it think it will be

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slightly thicker as we head through the night.

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It could even turn a bit wintry over higher ground,

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There will be some breaks in the cloud so most

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towns and cities will be hovering above freezing.

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If you do get some breaks rurally, you could dip below,

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so we could get a touch of frost first thing tomorrow.

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And the risk of some ice on the untreated surfaces.

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I think it will start off grey and cloudy with some mist

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but we should see more sunshine developing as the day goes on.

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Still bits and pieces of cloud about, temperatures slowly

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climbing up from today, highs of 8, perhaps even 9 degrees.

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It stays largely dry through to next week,

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quite a bit of sunshine but remaining cold.

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Good evening. It does not get warmer. If you check the UK as a

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whole, it has been one of the coldest days so far. The hard frost

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to come in areas where it stays clear, parts of East Anglia, the

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south-east, fog across Scotland, at West, a change, showers and parts of

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Wales and England, some snow on high ground as well. Meanwhile, down

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under through the early hours, Andy Murray will be getting ready for his

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next match in the

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