MP’s expenses “soar” due to extra staff costs

Expenses claimed by Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti “soared by nearly 30% in 2011” compared to the previous year, according to a report in the Thornbury and Yate newspaper ‘The Gazette’. Figures published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), set up following the expenses scandal of 2009,  show that Mr Lopresti’s claims rose from £109,159 in 2010/11

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Bradley Stoke Mayor hit by smear campaign

Bradley Stoke Mayor Ben Walker has become the target of a smear campaign aimed at stopping him becoming the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, a position he is due to take on next week after serving for the past year as Vice Chair. A letter alleging irregularities in the financial management of two construction companies of which Cllr Walker is

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Tonight 7pm: The Big Debate on 87.7 FM

Bradley Stoke Radio stages its own version of Question Time tonight when a panel of local politicians take part in a live debate on “the key issues facing people in Bradley Stoke”. The event, compered by Julian Okoye, will hear representatives of the three main parties debate questions sent in by listeners. Mr Okoye told The Journal: “The intention is

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Clean sweep for Conservatives in Bradley Stoke

The Conservatives are this morning celebrating a remarkable clean sweep of all the District and Town Council seats in Bradley Stoke. The town’s five seats on South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) are now held by Conservatives after Ben Walker beat Jon Williams (Liberal Democrat) by a comfortable margin of 139 votes in Bradley Stoke North. Bradley Stoke Central & Stoke Lodge

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Voting underway in Local Elections & AV Referendum

Bradley Stoke has seven polling stations open today for voting in the 2011 District & Town Elections and the national AV Referendum. The local polling stations (open until 10pm) are: Brook Way Activity Centre Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road Holy Trinity Church, Broad Croft Baileys Court Activity Centre Evangelical Church, Baileys Court Road St Joseph’s Centre, Juniper Way Church of

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