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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Theresa May, you can have Brexit or Social Mobility – not both


When Theresa May first entered Downing Street, there seemed to be a genuine change in tone from the Conservatives. Mrs May set out what she believed were the great modern-day injustices in our society:

  • Being poor made you more likely to die almost a decade early.
  • White, working class boys are less likely to get into university.
  • The privately educated are more likely to get a top job than somebody who went to state school.
  • Women earn less than men.
  • People with mental ill health do not have the support they need.
  • Young people will find it even harder to own their own home.
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Open Letter to Thangam Debbonaire

Dear Thangam,

 As the Labour Party conference begins, there is much debate over the direction of your party’s policy on Brexit. It is unclear whether there will be a formal debate on the subject, but I have no doubt that you will spend a lot of time this weekend discussing the best way forward for your party, our city and our country.

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Civil Liberties Under Threat: Labour and the Counter-Terrorism Bill

On Tuesday night, with very little fanfare, the Conservative government and Labour opposition voted on the third reading of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. The bill came in response to the horrendous terrorist attacks in London and Manchester and sought to ensure that we remain safe and secure whilst giving the security services the powers they need to ensure these tragedies are not repeated. Whilst that is something we must all work to achieve, this legislation does not do enough to balance security and freedom and could have potentially chilling effects on our most basic civil liberties.

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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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