Following the Bristol Mayoral election and all-out City Council elections in May 2016, Bristol now has a Labour mayor and a Labour majority council.
Marvin Rees: Our Labour Bristol Mayor
Marvin Rees is the Labour Party mayor for Bristol. He was elected to office in May 2016 ousting independent mayor, George Ferguson by almost 30,000 more votes. Marvin was selected by members of the party and works in public health, with particular expertise in mental health areas.
Marvin runs the City Leadership programme and has for a number of years supported young people in gaining the skills they need to make a strong start in their careers.
He stands for a new kind of politics and has promised to appoint a rainbow cabinet and give people in Bristol more say in council decision making. He wants to take on poverty and inequality in Bristol by ensuring Bristol becomes a Living Wage city.
“I am passionate about standing up and fighting for the people of Bristol and the things I know we need for this city to thrive. We need to do a different style of politics and to put people’s needs first and foremost in everything we do.”
Find out more about Marvin’s mayoral campaign by following him on Twitter
Thangam Debbonaire MP: Our Labour Member of Parliament
May 2015 saw a tough general election for the Labour Party; we lost many seats in Scotland and did not do as well in England as hoped.
However in Bristol, we were thrilled to return 3 out of 4 of our constituencies with Labour MPs. Karin Smyth MP for Bristol South, Kerry McCarthy MP for Bristol East and in Bristol West, Thangam Debbonaire MP. Thangam overturned a Liberal Democrat majority of 11,366 to gain her seat in parliament after a fantastic local campaign.
Thangam has lived in Bristol for over 20 years and has spent the last 25 years working on a local and national level to campaign against domestic violence. She first moved to Bristol to take on the role of Women’s Aid’s first National Children’s officer.
Key issues in Thangam’s election campaign included campaigning for more homes to be built in Bristol, to improve conditions for tenants and build a sustainable future. She also campaigned locally on air pollution levels through her ‘Bristol Clean Air’ campaign and was a prolific voice during Bristol’s Green Capital year.
Thangam started her career as a professional cellist, and we are lucky enough to get the odd rendition at local events.
“I seek to earn the trust of the 126,000 or so people in Bristol West, to be measured by my contribution to ending poverty, tackling climate change and promoting equality, as well as by how hard I work for the people of Bristol West, who I will work for with care and determination”.
Clare Moody: Our Member of the European Parliament for South West England
Clare Moody was elected as the Member of the European Parliament for the South West and Gibraltar in May 2014.
Clare has spent her working life as a trade unionist representing people in a wide variety of industries. Doing this has given her a daily insight in to just how much people are struggling to make ends meet in our region. As an MEP, she will be working hard to ensure we can do something about that and so you have someone on your side in Brussels.
Clare has spent the majority of her adult life in the South West and knows the rich diversity of our region well. She is passionate about making sure everyone in our region has the ability to have a safe, secure job that can provide for their them and their family and that they can benefit from the shared prosperity that being in Europe brings.
Clare will be playing an important role in the upcoming referendum on EU membership; she will be busy travelling the South West and arguing for the benefits of being in Europe. Follow Clare on Twitter or visit http://www.claremoodymep.com/