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BBC Sport Wales at Parc y Scarlets

Nick Selman and Marnus Labuschagne hit centuries as Glamorgan fight back after being forced to follow on by Gloucestershire.

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Gloucestershire pledges to cut carbon emissions

Gloucestershire County Council will cut huge chunk of its carbon emissions by 2030 after councillors backed proposals.

The call, to reduce 80 per cent of the county council’s emissions within 11 years, was unanimously backed by county councillors, as well as “striving” to offset the remaining 20 per cent by the same date.

Activist group Extinction Rebellion, which was at the meeting, said the pledge “still does not go far enough”.

The group’s members were hoping to cause disruption for the third time in three months by tabling a series of public questions about the climate and green issues.

At February’s meeting, protesters caused huge disruption when they superglued themselves to the public benches inside the council chamber and positioned themselves on the chairman’s bench.

The EU elections: perspectives from the west

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

More on our look at the three main schools of thought for candidates standing in the EU elections on May 23rd.

Today: There’s keen competition in the South West between parties who unashamedly love the EU.

The Liberal Democrats are riding high, having made big gains across the region in the recent local elections. That in turn has boosted their campaign, with party members happy to get out campaigning.

The Greens are a smaller party, but fared better than the Lib Dems at the last Euro election, and are proud of the track record of their sitting MEP Molly Scott Cato. They too fared well earlier this month, notably increasing their tally of councillors.

It is harder for Change UK, the new party set up by MPs who left Labour and the Conservatives. Without an established party structure or membership, they face a tough challenge winning over pro-EU voters.

The EU elections: perspectives from the West

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

More on our look at the three main groups you will be asked to vote on in the EU elections on May 23rd.

Three parties are deeply opposed to the European Union, and want us to leave without delay.

UKIP caused something of a political earthquake in the last Euro elections, coming first and getting two MEPs elected in the South West. But they have since left, and the party has fractured, amid claims it has become too extreme.

Many have followed former leader Nigel Farage into his new Brexit Party. Only set up this year, it is fielding some well-known candidates, including former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe in the South West.

Also standing, though with just two candidates, are the English Democrats; they have stood in several previous European elections, though without success.

Tomorrow I'll be looking at those who unashamedly love the EU and do not want a "divorce".

The EU elections: perspectives from the West

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

The South West will be picking six people to represent the whole region in the European Parliament on election day, May 23rd.

Voters will have a big choice.

On the ballot paper there are eight political parties, listed alphabetically, along with three independents, and every candidate’s name is printed. But we can break the parties down into groups.

There are three who love the EU, and want to stop Brexit: the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Change UK.

The two biggest political parties, the Conservatives and Labour, are rather on the fence: officially committed to enacting Brexit, but deeply troubled over how to do it.

Then there are those who want out straight away, unafraid of leaving with no deal: UKIP, the Brexit Party and the English Democrats.

Across this week I'll be looking at these three main groups.

Christian Doidge: Forest Green Rovers striker on Bolton Wanderers exit and play-off bid
Christian Doidge speaks about Forest Green's bid for promotion from League Two and his exit from Bolton in January.

BBC local radio headlines across the West

Radio presenter
  • BBC Radio Bristol: An inquest will continue today into the death of a 20-year-old student from Bristol University.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: Police say groups of shoplifters are travelling into Gloucester and Cheltenham to steal goods.
  • BBC Somerset: Wildlife is getting trapped in plastic netting put up by developers in Bridgwater.
  • BBC Wiltshire: A 17-year-old boy is due in court in Bristol today, charged with the murder of Calne teenager Ellie Gould.

Nurse plans longest river swim

Allen Cook

BBC News

A nurse is planning to swim the UK's longest river next month to thank a charity for funding her stem cell treatment.

Melissa Compton swimming
Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Melissa Compton, who works for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, started open water swimming after a knee injury left her walking with a stick.

She had stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis with funding from Versus Athritis and will swim the 220-mile (350km) River Severn in June to thank them.

It will take her three weeks, swimming 10 to 12 miles a day, starting from the river's source in Mid-Wales and swimming through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and ending at Severn Beach.

A friend of mine suggested that I should take up swimming. I was reluctant at first having never given it any thought before, but as my mobility reduced still further, I realised that I needed some form of exercise to stay fit. So, I literally took the plunge.

Melissa ComptonNurse
Local elections: 'I'd ask PM to consider her position'
Conservative Party leader at Cotswold District Council Tony Berry: 'I'd ask PM to consider her position'

Former Tory councillor speaks out after losing Cotswold seat

Call for ban on tree netting

Netted tree

The West's wildlife campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of netting on trees and hedgerows as used by some developers.

The Home Builders' Federation says the nets prevent birds nesting in trees which are to be chopped down, and projects would otherwise face long delays.


Next month the government will debate whether the practice should be made a criminal offence after 350,000 opponents signed a petition saying the netting is putting birds at risk.