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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
'Remain voters must unite' as Change UK launch Euro Campaign in Bristol
Change UK - The Independent Group is today launching its campaign for the European Parliamentary elections at We the Curious in Bristol.
It follows the surprise announcement of South West MEP Julie Girling, who very recently joined the Independent Group, who said she would not be standing for Change UK and has urged Bristol voters to back parties with "a clear pro second referendum pledge."
A report released today by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that 39% of jobs in Bristol are at risk of having some or all of their tasks automated.
The report shows that almost 1 in 20 jobs are at high risk of being automated, around 8,959 jobs in the city. The figures show a huge disparity in risk depending on gender and age. The ONS analysis shows that 70.2% of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women. In addition, people aged 20 to 24 years are most likely to be at risk of having their job automated, when compared with other age groups.
Mary Page selected as Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate
The Liberal Democrats have selected Mary Page as their candidate for the Bristol Mayoral elections in 2020.
Mary Page is a Public Relations & Brand Communications specialist with extensive experience in driving effective multi-sector corporate partnership engagement strategies. Mary has lived in Bristol for twelve years, currently living in Stoke Bishop.
Mary has been a strong critic of the Mayor and the Mayoral system and has committed to holding a public vote on whether or not to abolish the Mayoral system. Also key to her platform is tackling air pollution in Bristol, to address the rising numbers of homeless people in our city and to introduce London-style bus franchising to Bristol.