Many congratulations to Bristol’s new mayor Marvin Rees and all the newly elected councillors. I’m particularly thrilled we now have six new Labour councillors in my Bristol West constituency.
This means that we now have a Labour majority council and a Labour Mayor. It’s a tough time for local councils with unprecedented deep cuts to funding from central government. Any council and any mayor would have to make very difficult choices but I know that Labour colleagues will be doing everything they can to make these decisions in the best interests of all Bristolians. I am glad that there is a commitment to building new homes, as this is one of the biggest problems for constituents contacting me.
I’m very proud of the teams of volunteers working in each ward in Bristol West. They work hard all year round whether or not there is an election. They supported me last year and they’ve done the same this year and helped elect a Labour mayor and nine Labour councillors. They do this by listening and talking with people and explaining how Labour would do things differently in Bristol.
There’s much to do. I’ll work closely with Marvin and all our councillors to represent everyone in Bristol West, listen to their concerns, help them with their problems, and focus on our Labour priorities for tackling the main challenges our great city faces.
I’m looking forward to getting together with all the Bristol West councillors very soon.
Here’s a list of all our Labour councillors in Bristol West:
Tom Brook Bishopston & Ashley Down
Mike Davies Ashley
Kye Dudd Central
Marg Hickman Lawrence Hill
Hibaq Jama Lawrence Hill
Carole Johnson Ashley
Ruth Pickersgill Easton
Afzal Shah Easton
Paul Smith Central
I’ll post the contact details for all councillors, of all parties, on my website soon.