James Cox - Bristol West

This election will define our country for generations. It is our best and possibly last chance to elect a government and MPs who will stop Brexit.

The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and I will be standing on a manifesto to stop Brexit by revoking Article 50. We need to stop Brexit so we can tackle the climate emergency, save our schools and fix our broken politics.

Brexit puts so much at risk in Bristol. It puts jobs and our local economy at risk, threatens our NHS and destroys security for EU nationals living in our city.

This country deserves better than Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, and I am excited to take our positive, pro-European, liberal vision to the country as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bristol West

- James Cox, Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West


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James Calls for Better Perinatal Mental Health Care

Yesterday, Bath MP Wera Hobhouse led a ground-breaking debate on women’s mental health. It covered a range of issues, many of which Wera is campaigning on, and gave a Parliament a clear account of the reality for women suffering from mental ill-health and the lack of adequate mental health services.

One of the issues raised was that of perinatal care. I spoke with Wera earlier this year about her bill to legislate for routine mental health checks up for new mothers after six weeks. I told her this was an issue that I felt very strongly about, as I knew it was new mothers in Bristol who were suffering disproportionately compared with the rest of the country.

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Could Ed Miliband lead Unity Government?

With Parliament now back in session, the question of what on earth happens in the event of a vote of no confidence has once again surfaced.

In normal times, the Leader of the Opposition would seek to form a government. Unable to do so an election would be called. These, however, are not normal times.

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Why the 'Porn Block' is the wrong move


Discussing issues of sex and pornography in the public sphere, particularly in politics, is quite a taboo and one usually avoided. According to one study, 56% of the population regularly watches pornography. Despite this, it is not a conversation that most people feel comfortable openly discussing or even admitting to. As a habit, it is comparable to drinking. Most of the population do it and consume it in moderation in a way which is fun for them. Issues come in when the actors on screen are being exploited and the consumer develops dangerous habits and addictions. None of these problems are solved by the Conservative and Labour-supported Porn Block.

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Meet James ...

James moved to Bristol to study for a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Bristol. His background is as a researcher in European Union refugee policy and he lives in Cotham, just a few streets away from where his Mum grew up and went to school.

James became more involved in politics following the 2016 EU referendum. At the age of 21, James felt that his generation was not being given a voice in the Brexit process and decided that he would stand at the next election.

Since moving to Bristol, James has become heavily involved in community action. His first political engagement in the city was as part of the successful ‘Save Redland Library’ campaign. As a passionate environmentalist, he was heavily involved with the ‘Take Control of Bristol’s Buses’ campaign and regularly attends meetings of the Bristol Clean Air Alliance.

Following his own experiences with mental ill health and the spate of student suicides at the university, James founded and leads Zero Suicide Bristol – a local campaign group focused on suicide prevention policy.

As a candidate, James has been very active with local groups. He gained the support of Help Bristol’s Homeless for his campaign for Bristol to provide end of life care for homeless people, has worked with Bristol’s Drugs Project to promote drug reform and harm reduction policies for the city, and also with City to Sea to tackle plastic pollution and period poverty. Most recently, James carried out a survey of headteachers and parents in Bristol West as part of his campaign to improve schools and put education at the top of the national agenda.

Away from politics, James is an English graduate and a keen reader, passionately follows football and cricket and plays the guitar.


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