politics

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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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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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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Please Don’t Leave Democracy to the Politicians

Most people’s idea of democracy is voting in the national election once every five years and even then, only around two thirds of the UK’s registered voters bother. One problem is that democracy has got mixed up in politics and the other is that as a general rule, democracy is really boring. I recently clicked

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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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