Lib Dem regional mayoral candidate Stephen Williams hosted a public meeting - attended by local residents - on Wednesday evening.
Residents living in BS2, BS6 and BS7 were invited to a public meeting at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall on Sommerville Road by St Andrews Park in Bristol, to talk to Stephen Williams about the problems and challenges they are experiencing. A huge range of issues were covered, including air quality, house building, trains, airports and Brexit.
The Lib Dem candidate to be West of England Mayor spoke about his plans for increasing the number of affordable homes, delivering cashless payments on buses and expanding park and ride and local rail services. He also spoke of his determination to speak out against the damaging hard Brexit being pursued by the Tories, aided by a Labour Party that has given up fighting for the benefits of the single market and freedom of movement. He committed to defending the rights of the tens of thousands of EU nationals who live and work in the region.
The Liberal Democrats will be hosting similar events across the region, up until the election on 4th May, to discuss the issues that really matter to local residents.
After taking some questions, Stephen Williams said:
"I will be working tirelessly to improve public transport, prioritise quality affordable housing and boost jobs and prosperity across the region.
“This election is a clear choice between me and the inexperienced, Brexit-backing Tory candidate. The region voted 57% for Remain in the EU referendum last year. Now more than ever we need to stand up for liberal values. We should embrace the huge advantages being part of the EU brings and ensure that each and every resident, regardless of their nationality, is treated equally.”
On his plan for further public meetings, Stephen Williams added:
“The Liberal Democrats work hard all year round, not just at election time, by keeping in touch with local residents.
“I was an MP for ten years and it was an honour and a privilege to represent the city for all that time. I regularly held advice surgeries where I offered help and assistance on individual and community issues. I aim to host similar events during the next eight weeks to listen to as many residents as possible from Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire and to hear about their ideas for how to improve the region.”