Mary Page selected as Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate
The Liberal Democrats have selected Mary Page as their candidate for the Bristol Mayoral elections in 2020.
Mary Page is a Public Relations & Brand Communications specialist with extensive experience in driving effective multi-sector corporate partnership engagement strategies. Mary has lived in Bristol for twelve years, currently living in Stoke Bishop.
Mary has been a strong critic of the Mayor and the Mayoral system and has committed to holding a public vote on whether or not to abolish the Mayoral system. Also key to her platform is tackling air pollution in Bristol, to address the rising numbers of homeless people in our city and to introduce London-style bus franchising to Bristol.
Responding to her selection, Mary Page said:
"We have seen the current Mayor preside over the local non-delivery of things like the Bristol Arena, a clean air zone, and his own promise to cut the cost of senior management in the Council.
"I'm standing for Mayor because I believe we can do things differently. The Liberal Democrats offer hope, creativity and innovation to Bristol. Our campaign to rid us of the Mayor does that, our fight against dodgy payoffs in the council and to cut the spiralling cost of the Mayor’s staff reinforces that.
"The people of Bristol deserve a Mayor who hasn't forgotten how to be one of them. Someone who knows that £95,000 for the Mayor's chief of staff is nearly four years wages to the average person.
"The Mayor has had three years to tackle the problems in our city and he has failed to act. Air pollution still at illegal levels and causing hundreds of deaths every year, a public transport system the public has lost faith in with no plan to fix it, and the human tragedy of growing numbers of rough sleepers dying on the streets of Bristol. We need a Mayor whose number one priority is fixing those problems.
"Liberal Democrats demand better for Bristol. I believe this is a city of entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives who are being let down time and time again. My campaign will focus on healing the divisions in this city, offering real change and delivering opportunity for every Bristolian. If you get frustrated or angry with the Mayor, remember it doesn't have to be this way. We can change Bristol together."