Empowering the people of Bristol is one of the cornerstones of Bristol Liberal Democrat’s campaign to Scrap the Mayor. We are promising a referendum doing exactly that - allowing people to choose whether they wish to abolish the post.
Baroness Barbara Janke says, “we need more democracy, not less” and has already launched a petition on the Bristol City Council website which calls upon the Council to run a campaign to ‘Scrap the Mayor’ and give power back to the people.
Bristol Lib Dems believes that by scrapping the mayor we can:
- end the inaction and indecision running rampant in Bristol City Council
- end the wasting of taxpayers’ money on loss-making commercial enterprises and pay-offs to council staff
- stop the prevarication on key issues such as the Clean Air Plan
- end the centralised and secretive decision making
- give power back to our communities through the creation of neighbourhood councils.
This petition is our first step in giving power back to the people of Bristol.
Please sign our petition to scrap the mayor below. #scrapthemayor
"Scrap the Mayor" petition:
"We call upon Bristol City Council to run a campaign to 'Scrap the Mayor' and give power back to the people."
Note: If the council agree with this petition (as above) the council must then debate the wording of the referendum (referred to as a petition below) which they will be required to run in 2022, and decide which two of the three leadership options the council will put to the people of Bristol.
The suggested wording of the 2022 referendum (petition) is suggested as follows:
Legislation allows the Council to lay (as soon as is legally possibly on May 5th 2022 ), a petition statement to the Bristol electorate worded as follows:
"We, the undersigned, being local government electors for the area of Bristol, to whom this petition is addressed, seek a referendum on whether the council should be run in a different way by *(a mayor who is elected by voters for the area which the council serves) or **(a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors) or ***(one or more committees made up of elected councillors)."