Bristol made international news as the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was removed, but there is still more to do across the city to end racism and hate. The appalling racist attack on a young hospital worker last week reminds us that we cannot be complacent.

Yesterday I held an event called ‘Beyond Statues: making Bristol more equal’. Hundreds of people took part, putting questions and suggestions to a truly inspiring panel of people discussing how we challenge racism and hate in Bristol.

This was the first of several events I am organising to push for real change and make Bristol a more equal place.

The debate has given me list of tasks to do as an MP. There are also things our businesses and individuals can do. We all need to be involved in writing the next chapter of Bristol’s history, one which is hopefully stronger after COVID. One in which we once again show the world how we can live better together.

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