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What’s Happened to the Green Capital Accounts?

Two years ago, I posted a public call for transparency, consultation and accountability of the Bristol 2015 company, set up by Bristol City Council to deliver the European Green Capital award. I did not have an axe to grind, but I fundamentally disagreed with the people parachuted in to manage it. Supported by the Council,

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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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Bristol Green Capital 2015: So, How Was It For You?

For George Ferguson the high point of 2015 was “having the privilege of representing Bristol as European Green Capital and star city at the successful Paris Climate Summit”. Well I’m really pleased you had a good time in Paris George, particularly as my taxes paid for it. Personally I found our Green Capital year pointless

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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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Who Really Runs Bristol?

In 2012, Bristol debated whether to have an elected Mayor and, after the referendum, whether that Mayor should be independent of party-political control. The arguments for an independent Mayor chiefly focused on two points. Firstly, the anonymity of councillor leadership had resulted in a lack of accountability. Too few people knew who was actually in

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Five Ideas That Will Reinvigorate Bristol’s Democracy

It’s plain to anyone who interacts with Bristol City Council and its democratic processes that there’s a lot that could be improved. As a city that prides itself on being outspoken and different, we need to make changes that will respond to the changing dynamics of public discourse – now, rather than later. 1. Convince

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