First of all, well done to the activists, supporters, my organiser Imogen and my agent Phil for helping to get a Labour MP elected for Bristol West last Thursday. It was a long night and not a good one for Labour nationally. We've got a lot to think about but most urgently we have to be a strong voice for the people we aim to represent against a Tory government which is going to be hurting them.
So, as I was elected to be the Labour MP for Bristol West, I will be standing up for everyone in Bristol West, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable
I will be doing my best to achieve as much as possible under this government to help reduce and one day end child poverty.
I will be fighting for jobs and good opportunities for our young people - working with the schools, colleges, employers and others to raise aspiration and hope for the future.
I will be working with housing associations, tenants' organisations, local people, builders and the Mayor and council to try to sort out Bristol's housing crisis.
I will be working with you all as much as possible - an MP should always be working with the people they represent.
And I expect you all to hold me to account.
if that sounds like the sort of MP you want to work with, or campaign with, do consider joining the Labour party. You can join in my campaigning by leaving your details on my website and I'll be in touch later this week with more information.
Thanks for your support.
First of all, well done to the activists, supporters, my organiser Imogen and my agent Phil for helping to get a Labour MP elected for Bristol West last Thursday. It...
Excellent letter in the Guardian today from John Prescott. It is a strong argument for not voting Green as it will do little to bring about action to tackle climate change:
"It is understandable that Caroline Lucas would urge readers to vote Green (Letters, 5 May). However, what she has not said is that a vote for the Green party will do little to bring about an ambitious global agreement to tackle climate change. Within months of the polls closing on Thursday, world leaders will gather in Paris at the conference of parties to adopt an agreement that must set the world on a path towards limiting global temperature increases to two degrees. That agreement can be negotiated only by the next prime minister. If Caroline Lucas goes to Paris it will be to protest, not to negotiate. The real choice, therefore, is between David Cameron, who long ago abandoned his promise to lead the “greenest government ever” and has taken to referring to environmental policies as “green crap”; and Ed Miliband, who, as secretary of state for climate change, brought in the first national piece of legislation in the world to set legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions (an approach that is now being replicated around the world) and, as leader, has committed to making climate change one of the highest priorities for a Labour government. The important point for voters to bear in mind is that it will be the next prime minister, not the Green party, who will be negotiating on behalf of the UK in December. Miliband has committed a Labour government to pushing for an ambitious agreement in Paris, with a goal of net-zero global emissions in the second half of this century. The best way, therefore, for voters to tell world leaders that they support urgent and ambitious action to tackle climate change is to elect a Labour government".
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Excellent letter in the Guardian today from John Prescott. It is a strong argument for not voting Green as it will do little to bring about action to tackle climate...
Here's some of the media coverage of Bristol West election this last week:
Guardian article about the impact of student votes in Bristol West.
Epigram (Bristol University student magazine) article endorsing Labour in Bristol West and why.
Bristol Post article about Ed Miliband visiting Bristol and promising to scrap the bedroom tax.
BBC Points West general election special panel debate from last week, covering a range of topics including the NHS and migration.
Two other national papers featured the Ed Miliband visit but they side-stepped an opportunity to report on Bristol's housing crisis, or poverty, or jobs for young people and instead focussed on my name.
Here's some of the media coverage of Bristol West election this last week: Guardian article about the impact of student votes in Bristol West. Epigram (Bristol University student magazine) article...