Councillor Sultan Khan joins Lib Dem Team

Having left Labour due to their factional fighting and failure to deliver enough for our local community local councillor Sultan Khan joins the Bristol Lib Dems

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"Residents deserve effective representatives who aren’t hampered by factional fights within their own party. With the Lib Dems I can put our area first" - Cllr Khan.

Long serving local Eastville Councillor Sultan Khan has announced that he is joining the Liberal Democrats following his decision to leave the factionalised Bristol Labour party.

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Lib Dems demand fourth option for Western Harbour development

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Bristol City Council has begun a four-week 'engagement' on three options for the Western Harbour development. However, this 'early engagement' has failed to satisfy local residents' concerns, with all options lacking substantive details and the engagement period falling short of the council's own guidance for consultations.

 

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No-deal Brexit to cost Bristol over 6,000 jobs

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Research by the UK Trade Policy Observatory has revealed that a no-deal Brexit will lead to just over 6,000 jobs being lost across the city.

The estimates – which have been described by the researchers as “conservative” – find that around 2,045 of those jobs will be lost in Bristol West constituency, 1,450 in Bristol South, and 1,300 each in Bristol North West and Bristol East. 

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James: Tory education cuts segregating schools

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Liberal Democrats have slammed the growing inequality in Bristol's schools following the release of an Education Policy Institute (EPI) report today. The report shows that it would take over 500 years to close the gap between disadvantaged secondary school pupils and their peers at its current rate.

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"Serious concern" Bristol Prison must see reform

Liberal Democrats have urged the new Justice Secretary to adopt a better approach to criminal justice, as new official figures show assaults and self-harm in prison rising to record highs.

The latest Safety in Custody Statistics, published today by the Ministry of Justice, show that:

  • There were 34,425 assaults in the 12 months to March 2019, including 10,311 assaults on staff – both record high figures.
  • There were 57,968 self-harm incidents in the same period, also the highest 12-month total on record.
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Bishopston Medical Practice closure leaves residents with unanswered questions

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Bishopston Medical Practice has announced its closure on September 30th, encouraging patients to re-register at other GP practices. 

A letter delivered to users of the practice confirmed the news, stating that the contract was coming up for renewal and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had decided to move patients elsewhere. 

The CCG had considered renewing the contract, but due to "several factors" decided to support re-registering patients at other local general practices, including Montpelier - a 25-minute walk away.

 

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Snap election could see Bristol gain 2 Lib Dem MPs, polls suggest

A YouGov poll which hypothesises an early general election puts the Lib Dems on course for Downing Street, with Bristol West and Bristol North West gaining Lib Dem MPs.

The poll asks respondents if in the event of an early general election, with Jeremy Corbyn leading the Labour Party with its current commitment to deliver a Brexit deal, how they would vote. The scenario sees the Lib Dems on 30%, Conservatives on 24%, the Brexit Party on 19% and Corbyn's Labour on a record low 17%. 

Poll modelling agency Flavible has suggested that this would lead to Liberal Democrats gaining the Bristol West and Bristol North West constituencies and coming second in Bristol East. 

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Mary Page: Clean Air delays "a matter of life and death"

Responding to the Bristol Cabinet Clean Air plan proposals, Mary Page, Bristol Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate, said:

“The Mayor’s inaction on a clean air zone is killing 300 Bristolians every year, so it is to be welcomed that, finally, two Clean Air Zone options will be going out for public consultation. Neither option, however, is due to have much impact for at least 5 years which is 1500 more Bristolians could die from the very air they breathe. That could be you, me or someone you know. The sad truth is it is likely to be the most vulnerable the very young, the sick or elderly so this has to be a priority action for any Mayor of Bristol."

"We have the National Clean Air Action Day coming up on 20th June and I hope everyone in Bristol will study the Cabinet papers closely as it really is a matter of life and death. The plans include nearly 50 pages so I'm sure the Bristol Clean Air Alliance campaigners will be analysing the details."

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Lib Dem MP calls for end of Vagrancy Act use in Bristol

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has called for an end of the use of the Vagrancy Act in Bristol, following a freedom of information request by the Bristol Post which found that 10 people had been apprehended in Bristol over the last two years under the law.

Layla Moran has introduced a private members' bill to the House of Commons calling for the almost 200 year old law to be repealed. In Bristol, Liberal Democrats have also tabled a motion calling on the council to stop its usage in the city.

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Lib Dems demand Bristol schools are given the resources to teach

Following a meeting with Cotham School, James Cox has called for school funding to be reinstated and has called for a fundamental change in the culture around schools and teachers. 

Cotham School has seen a projected £1.5 million cut in real terms from 2015-2019, equating to a £409 cut in yearly per-pupil funding. This cut to funding is broadly in line with what is being seen across the city of Bristol, which has received a £71.2 million cut in real terms funding since the Conservative government was formed in 2015. 

Liberal Democrats protected per-pupil funding in real terms during the coalition government, including introducing the pupil premium boosting protected funding for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The real terms cuts to schools, however, has put incredible pressure on local school budgets, with Cotham School worried that they will need to follow others schools and reach out to parents and others for fund basic provisions. 

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