Paul Barltrop, Political editor, West of England

Paul Barltrop Political editor, West of England

This is where you can find my thoughts on what our politicians are up to in the West of England

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Badger cull cost £4,121 per animal, says charity

7 January 2014

These figures are not official - but they appear credible.

Cost was always a key question.

Culling trials carried out around the West Country a decade ago showed TB rates could be slightly reduced if enough badgers were killed.

But the experts in charge advised against - warning that the costs would be too great.

The last government accepted that; this government did not.

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Bristol's mayor says budget cuts will have a 'real impact'

18 November 2013

Be in no doubt: the mayor's three-year programme of cuts will provoke a storm of protest.

He knows it - briefing journalists, he repeatedly used adjectives like "tough" and "bold".

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West Somerset councillors vote to lose chief executive

The idea is this is the first step along the way towards the two councils really merging their staff and services.

One of the particular reasons for pushing ahead with this vote now is to try and curry favour with government and get a bit of money out of them.

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Badger cull: Can Defra get enough farmers to pay?

Badger
Defra say there will be an announcement on badger culls before Parliament's summer recess

Could the government be about to perform another U-turn, this time over controversial plans to cull badgers?

An intriguing insight into the difficulties facing a minister who's long called for culling was provided in this revealing interview by my Politics Show colleague Martyn Oates.

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Rural cuts in Somerset and Gloucestershire bite hard

Rural school
School's out - the school in Kingsdon

In the rural West country, residents have long complained that their way of life is under threat. And it seems changing the politicians in charge makes little difference.

Three years ago I visited the village of Kingsdon in South Somerset to report on one village's struggle against closures.

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Welcome to my new page

Welcome to my new page on the BBC News website.

Here, in one place, you'll be able to find all my latest updates on politics in the West of England - plus analysis and a selection of my TV reports.

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About Paul

Paul began working for the BBC in 1992 and has specialised in politics since 1999.

Election are always highlights in his working life - "it's the day of reckoning when politicians can get their come-uppance from the public".

"Last year's General Election was amazing, both for the rollercoaster of a ride we went on with the opinion polls, and for the result which has propelled us into new and intriguingly uncharted political waters".

He has lived in Bristol since 1989.

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