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The Queens Speech: What are the proposals relevant to local government?

Today the Queen delivered her speech to Parliament setting out the Conservative Government’s programme for the next Parliamentary year. The speech is the first to be delivered by a majority Conservative Government since 1996. Below is a list of bills announced relevant to local government Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill Provide for the devolution […]

Saving Redland Library

Anthony Negus (Liberal Democrat councillor for Cotham Ward) has prepared this guide, which collates information from published Council sources and conversations with Bristol City Council officers. It draws on contributions from local residents and users at a number of public events set up by the council or Anthony and other local councillors. It draws on […]

Opinion: Why I fell out of love with Lib Dems in 2010 …and then joined them on May 8th

New member Jim Hodgson explains why he has joined the Liberal Democrats: Like many other students living in Sheffield in 2010, I witnessed – and felt part of – collective support for something refreshingly different. In the run-up to the election Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems spearheaded a surging political discourse based on the principles of […]

Voters face the biggest political decision of their lives

On the penultimate day of the election campaign, Nick Clegg said “you face the biggest political decision of your life”. With the polls neck-and-neck and no party likely to hold a majority in parliament, voters face the prospect of a new government lurching to the extreme left, the extreme right, or breaking up the country […]

Bristol City Council phone contracts costing taxpayers millions

Bristol taxpayers have forked out nearly £1.5 million in two and a half years for council workers to be issued with smartphones, including 639 IPads, 1190 Blackberries and 4431 other mobile phone devices. Since the mayor was elected in November 2012, the use of Council owned mobile phones has cost the taxpayer £1,012,769, whilst Blackberries […]

Lib Dems Launch Environment Manifesto

The Lib Dem Environment Manifesto – published Sunday 26th April – sets out a Liberal Democrat programme of delivery for the next five years and beyond, building on the Five Green Laws which are highlighted on the front page of the Party’s 2015 General Election Manifesto.   The proposals will stimulate more green growth, improve greener […]

‘Bristol Energy will deliver more choice and put more money back in people’s pockets’ – Hopkins

The Liberal Democrats have thrown their full support behind the Council’s new energy company, Bristol Energy and Technology Services Ltd.   Councillors from all parties met on Wednesday 22nd April to discuss the company’s progress. During the meeting councillors were informed that they would not be allowed to scrutinise the project due to ‘commercial sensitivities’. […]

Our Manifesto for Cycling

The Bristol Lib Dems have drawn up a cycling manifesto to address a real need in Bristol: for a healthy, flexible and low carbon way to get about a growing city that we all also want to remain liveable. This has been drawn up by Ian Townsend, local council candidate for Cotham ward in the May […]

‘Tick Tock’ The deadline to vote in the local and general elections is TODAY!

The deadline to register to vote in the general and local elections, which take place on Thursday 7th May, is today. It is easy to forget to register to vote but it is now easier to do so than it has ever been before. You used to have to fill out a paper form, sign […]

In Support of Restorative Justice – Martin

Cllr Christian Martin has submitted a statement to the next Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Commission meeting on 16th April in support of restorative justice. Membership of the Commission is made up of all political parties and it reviews the Council’s work on matters such as health, sports and leisure. Cllr Martin’s full statement is below: I am […]