elections

Compass Post Election Statement: We Need a New Politics

Compass Post Election statement: The old is not yet dead and the new has not yet been born. On the surface, the results on Thursday look a mess. Everyone went forward and everyone went back. The Tories, given Corbyn and the nasty row over anti-Semitism, were supposed to do better. Labour, given the Budget, Tory

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Conservative Party: Charles Lucas

Why I want to be Mayor Cllr Charles Lucas Conservative Mayoral Candidate 2016 First and foremost, it was a great honour to be selected by the local Conservative party to stand as the Conservative candidate in the Mayoral election in May. I have been entrusted to deliver a better Bristol and wish to reach out

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Green Party: Tony Dyer

Why Do I Want To Be Mayor? Because Our City Needs to Change Bristol is a great city but it can be so much better. Bristol is a great city – however having been born here and spent all of my childhood years growing up in this city, I didn’t perhaps appreciate it as much

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Labour Party: Marvin Rees

I love Bristol. I was born and bred here and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I have been away, studying first in Swansea and later in Yale, but every time my heart brings me home. I was brought up in St Pauls, Lawrence Weston and Easton by my mum; I now live in Easton with

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Liberal Democrats: Kay Barnard

It’s Our City, Our Community, Our Bristol Bristol is a thriving, successful city.  It is a centre of exciting new businesses, many in the high-tech. or environmental sector.  Bristol contributes significantly to the whole region and the UK economy. But we all know the problems faced by Bristolians every day:  slow expensive buses, not enough

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Why an Independent Mayor Works for Bristol

It’s often said the problem with politics today is that it’s all one side or the other. Labour or Conservative. Right versus Left.  Politics has become a simple binary choice, which explains why Independents are becoming a rare endangered political species. There are 650 MPs in Westminster but only three with no allegiance to a

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Moving on from Party Politics

It has now been just over three years since I was elected as the first mayor of Bristol. A lot has happened during this period. We have radically reformed the way that the council works. My focus has been on getting policy delivered and putting to one side the party politics that had for many years

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A New Beginning for Bristol’s Mayoral Model?

In the run-up to Bristol’s first Mayoral election, citizens were asked about the way the city was governed. About a quarter felt the city had visible leadership, whilst slightly more felt there were opportunities to be involved in decision-making.  Even less trusted the council to make good decisions and for those decisions to be made

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