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

Paul added analysis to:

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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Paul added analysis to:

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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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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