Caroline Gooch for a Fairer, Greener, More Caring Bristol.

I am the candidate who will stand up for our community and demand better for the city.

- Caroline Gooch, Bristol Liberal Democrats Mayoral Candidate

About Me

I chose to make Bristol my home 5 years ago, and am so very glad to be here, in such a friendly and vibrant city. I live in Westbury Park and enjoy running, walking and cycling. I’m very supportive of efforts to improve cycling infrastructure and safer cycling and walking routes, as well as bus routes that work for all, and putting disabled access and healthy environments at the forefront of planning.

I have a PhD in Biomedical Science, and after training in research moved to industry. I have 20 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, including at an international level. I’ve planned and worked on clinical trials and with the NHS to support appropriate and informed use of medicines.

I want to be Bristol’s final Mayor, and if I am elected, I will put the people of Bristol first.

  • Put democracy first: devolve power, end the secrecy, work side by side with our neighbours, and never overrule a majority council decision
  • Make our city greener: reduce our carbon footprint, invest in sustainable public transport, tackle waste, promote active transport, and clean up our air and waterways.
  • Prioritise Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): ensure EHCP applications are dealt with by named caseworkers within the 20-week deadline, guarantee every child a school place, and ensure all school SENCOs are fully trained and supported in their roles
  • Tackle homelessness, providing homes, not just houses, with a focus on sustainable and affordable housing
  • Invest in our services, including schooling, physical and mental health, youth services, and push for integration of health and social care.

As a scientist, I will bring a fresh, forward thinking approach to Bristol, embracing new technology to decarbonise our economy and clean up our air and water.

I am committed to Scrapping The Mayor in Bristol and restoring democracy and transparency to our city governance. The Lib Dems want to put power back into the hands of the people of Bristol.


Latest News

Why SEVs should not be banned in Bristol

Currently, there are two sexual entertainment venues (SEVs), commonly known as ‘strip clubs’, in Bristol: Urban Tiger and Central Chambers.

However, a nil cap policy has been proposed, with the effect of banning SEVs in the city. The justification surrounds a theory that SEVs hinder women’s safety in Bristol, contributing to the objectification of women.

No woman should have to feel unsafe on the streets of our city, but blaming women is not the answer.

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There is a SEND crisis in Bristol and it’s time to stop it

I signed the Bristol SEND Community Alliance manifesto because I believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to flourish and thrive.

For too long, children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Bristol have been let down.

250 children and young people left without a specialist school place. Unacceptable delays in the issuing of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). A lack of transparency and accountability, with parents and carers unable to have their voices heard. Families left to fight to have their child’s basic needs met.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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The Liberal Democrats Defend the Right to Protest

Joint statement by Heather Shearer (Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Avon and Somerset), Stephen Williams (candidate for West of England Regional Mayor), and Caroline Gooch (candidate for City of Bristol Mayor).

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Caroline Gooch Selected for Bristol Mayor

As part of the Scrap The Mayor campaign, Liberal Democrat members have selected medical science and pharmaceutical consultant Dr. Caroline Gooch to be their candidate for Bristol Mayor. 

Caroline trained as a research scientist and now works as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked in medical affairs, medical information, and medicines access. She is passionate about ethical business practices, working in partnership with the NHS to achieve access to medicines for patients, and about having full, open and frank conversations with doctors about medicines.

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