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


Latest News

Bristol: A City Divided by Mental Ill Health


The latest Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) has uncovered a rise in the number of people suffering from mental ill health, including high levels of suicide and self-harm particularly from people living in deprived areas.

The report, which looks at the well-being and health of the city of Bristol, shows that the number of Bristol patients diagnosed with depression is above the national average, with new diagnoses rising sharply to 8,700.


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Why didn't Thangam & Labour vote against Tory tax cuts for the rich?


Budget debates are usually predictable: the government proposes and the opposition opposes. The government’s flagship tax proposal from this budget was an increase in the higher rate of tax threshold. This would in practice be a tax cut to some of the more better off in our society at a time when local authority budgets and vital public services are still being cut under austerity.


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Budget Response: Mental Health, Schools and Brexit

This year’s budget was billed as the end of austerity. This was the budget that would announce to the country that the years of struggle have been worth it and a better future was just around the corner. Instead, we were treated to a complete non-event. Growth remains low, Brexit continues to deflate our economy and public services and local authorities remain stretched to breaking point. This was a sticking plaster Budget, aimed at keeping the government ticking over until Brexit hits.

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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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