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The Politics Show in the West

The West of England is not far from Westminster, but its politics is quite distinct.

People in the West care about their politics - they are more likely to vote than in any other region.

We try to make sure we are on the side of ordinary people as we put politicians and their policies to the test.

We put the programme together in Bristol; our team are proud to call the West home.


David Garmston is a veteran reporter and presenter for the BBC in the West, having covered the region's news for a quarter of a century.

David Garmston
David Garmston presents the Politics Show West and Points West

Born in Bristol, David tentatively entered journalism when the editor of a newspaper in Cheltenham offered him a traineeship.

After three years in Kent on a small weekly newspaper, he took his final exams, coming top in the country.

He moved into broadcasting with a job at Bristol's Radio West, before he got the call from the BBC.

"They offered me 12 days' work on Points West, so I took it. After that I just kept turning up until I became a bit of a fixture and nobody liked to tell me to leave!"

David has worked as a producer, reporter and a presenter, and has built up extensive political expertise.

"I have followed local politics for a long time and know how it can impact on the lives of ordinary people."

He broadcasts on Points West in addition to the Politics Show, and is delighted to live and work in the part of the country that he loves.


Paul cannot remember when he started following politics: the son of a diplomat, it was always around as he grew up around the world.

Paul Barltrop
Paul Barltrop studied politics at university

He studied it at university, and has followed the West's political scene since settling here more than 20 years ago.

As a regional broadcast journalist Paul has covered stories from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Working on politics for the last decade, he still does.

The Politics Show is on Sundays at Midday on BBC One.

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