Bishopston Medical Practice closure leaves residents with unanswered questions


Bishopston Medical Practice has announced its closure on September 30th, encouraging patients to re-register at other GP practices. 

A letter delivered to users of the practice confirmed the news, stating that the contract was coming up for renewal and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had decided to move patients elsewhere. 

The CCG had considered renewing the contract, but due to "several factors" decided to support re-registering patients at other local general practices, including Montpelier - a 25-minute walk away.


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Snap election could see Bristol gain 2 Lib Dem MPs, polls suggest

A YouGov poll which hypothesises an early general election puts the Lib Dems on course for Downing Street, with Bristol West and Bristol North West gaining Lib Dem MPs.

The poll asks respondents if in the event of an early general election, with Jeremy Corbyn leading the Labour Party with its current commitment to deliver a Brexit deal, how they would vote. The scenario sees the Lib Dems on 30%, Conservatives on 24%, the Brexit Party on 19% and Corbyn's Labour on a record low 17%. 

Poll modelling agency Flavible has suggested that this would lead to Liberal Democrats gaining the Bristol West and Bristol North West constituencies and coming second in Bristol East. 

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Mary Page: Clean Air delays "a matter of life and death"

Responding to the Bristol Cabinet Clean Air plan proposals, Mary Page, Bristol Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate, said:

“The Mayor’s inaction on a clean air zone is killing 300 Bristolians every year, so it is to be welcomed that, finally, two Clean Air Zone options will be going out for public consultation. Neither option, however, is due to have much impact for at least 5 years which is 1500 more Bristolians could die from the very air they breathe. That could be you, me or someone you know. The sad truth is it is likely to be the most vulnerable the very young, the sick or elderly so this has to be a priority action for any Mayor of Bristol."

"We have the National Clean Air Action Day coming up on 20th June and I hope everyone in Bristol will study the Cabinet papers closely as it really is a matter of life and death. The plans include nearly 50 pages so I'm sure the Bristol Clean Air Alliance campaigners will be analysing the details."

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Lib Dem MP calls for end of Vagrancy Act use in Bristol

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has called for an end of the use of the Vagrancy Act in Bristol, following a freedom of information request by the Bristol Post which found that 10 people had been apprehended in Bristol over the last two years under the law.

Layla Moran has introduced a private members' bill to the House of Commons calling for the almost 200 year old law to be repealed. In Bristol, Liberal Democrats have also tabled a motion calling on the council to stop its usage in the city.

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Lib Dems demand Bristol schools are given the resources to teach

Following a meeting with Cotham School, James Cox has called for school funding to be reinstated and has called for a fundamental change in the culture around schools and teachers. 

Cotham School has seen a projected £1.5 million cut in real terms from 2015-2019, equating to a £409 cut in yearly per-pupil funding. This cut to funding is broadly in line with what is being seen across the city of Bristol, which has received a £71.2 million cut in real terms funding since the Conservative government was formed in 2015. 

Liberal Democrats protected per-pupil funding in real terms during the coalition government, including introducing the pupil premium boosting protected funding for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The real terms cuts to schools, however, has put incredible pressure on local school budgets, with Cotham School worried that they will need to follow others schools and reach out to parents and others for fund basic provisions. 

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'Remain voters must unite' as Change UK launch Euro Campaign in Bristol


'Remain voters must unite' as Change UK launch Euro Campaign in Bristol

Change UK - The Independent Group is today launching its campaign for the European Parliamentary elections at We the Curious in Bristol. 

It follows the surprise announcement of South West MEP Julie Girling, who very recently joined the Independent Group, who said she would not be standing for Change UK and has urged Bristol voters to back parties with "a clear pro second referendum pledge."

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39% of jobs in Bristol at risk to automation


A report released today by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that 39% of jobs in Bristol are at risk of having some or all of their tasks automated.

The report shows that almost 1 in 20 jobs are at high risk of being automated, around 8,959 jobs in the city. The figures show a huge disparity in risk depending on gender and age. The ONS analysis shows that 70.2% of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women. In addition, people aged 20 to 24 years are most likely to be at risk of having their job automated, when compared with other age groups.

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Mary Page Selected as Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate

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.

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Bristol Rovers showing the way on mental health issues

Following a meeting with Bristol Rovers Community Trust, James Cox has praised the organisation's community work on mental health issues and urged more people suffering from mental ill health to engage with their programmes.

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Hydrogen on the move in Bristol

Lib Dem councillors today welcomed a prototype hydrogen fuelled car on display in Bristol. Hydrogen was one small component of the Lib Dem fundamental changes to all services in Bristol while the Lib Dems were achieving the city’s status as European green capital.

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