Legal aid expert selected as Lib Dem candidate for Bristol North West
After stunning results in the EU elections, securing two new MEPs and topping the polls in Bristol North West, the Liberal Democrats look poised for success with a top legal aid expert. Liberal Democrat members have selected criminal defence and prison law specialist Chris Coleman to be their candidate for the parliamentary constituency. Chris is an experienced campaigner and has been a county and borough councillor, holding the cabinet portfolio for the green environment on Cheltenham borough council.
In the same week as the Bristol Youth Strike for Climate, the Liberal Democrats have put forward an ambitious and radical plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2045, 5 years before the government's pledge.
Having left Labour due to their factional fighting and failure to deliver enough for our local community local councillor Sultan Khan joins the Bristol Lib Dems
"Residents deserve effective representatives who aren’t hampered by factional fights within their own party. With the Lib Dems I can put our area first" - Cllr Khan.
Long serving local Eastville Councillor Sultan Khan has announced that he is joining the Liberal Democrats following his decision to leave the factionalised Bristol Labour party.
Bristol City Council has begun a four-week 'engagement' on three options for the Western Harbour development. However, this 'early engagement' has failed to satisfy local residents' concerns, with all options lacking substantive details and the engagement period falling short of the council's own guidance for consultations.
Research by the UK Trade Policy Observatory has revealed that a no-deal Brexit will lead to just over 6,000 jobs being lost across the city.
The estimates – which have been described by the researchers as “conservative” – find that around 2,045 of those jobs will be lost in Bristol West constituency, 1,450 in Bristol South, and 1,300 each in Bristol North West and Bristol East.
Liberal Democrats have slammed the growing inequality in Bristol's schools following the release of an Education Policy Institute (EPI) report today. The report shows that it would take over 500 years to close the gap between disadvantaged secondary school pupils and their peers at its current rate.
Liberal Democrats have urged the new Justice Secretary to adopt a better approach to criminal justice, as new official figures show assaults and self-harm in prison rising to record highs.
The latest Safety in Custody Statistics, published today by the Ministry of Justice, show that:
- There were 34,425 assaults in the 12 months to March 2019, including 10,311 assaults on staff – both record high figures.
- There were 57,968 self-harm incidents in the same period, also the highest 12-month total on record.
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.
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."