We are proud to celebrate diversity, in parliament we have legislated to create a fairer, more equal society.
Campaigning for Lower Taxes
The Liberal Democrats want fairer taxes, which is why we made raising the tax-free allowance our priority at the Election, By April, 171,800 ordinary working people in Bristol will get a further Income Tax cut, bringing the total tax cut to £600 a year.
We’re successfully campaigning for Government funding for transport in Bristol. We've secured £197 million of investment to create a rapid transit network for Bristol.
We believe in giving local people control over the areas where they live. Through Neighbourhood Partnerships, we’ve given local communities and their Councillors direct influence on services and control over spending in their neighbourhoods.
We've increased recycling rates in Bristol. We've introduced doorstep collection of plastics. We cancelled Labour plans for an incinerator, and created a high-tech residual waste treatment centre.
In the Council
The Liberal Democrats are the second largest political group on Bristol City Council, and led the Council between 2009 until 2012 when Bristol elected its first mayor. We’re still working hard to transform the Council: making it more efficient, whilst improving services. As community champions we are helping deliver investment in transport, schools, and parks; driving up recycling rates and reducing carbon emissions.
Liberal Democrat Councillors represent 15 out of 35 wards in Bristol. Our Councillors are local champions who fight for their communities, work hard to resolve local issues, and help people with individual difficulties.
Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams was first elected as MP for Bristol West in 2005. Stephen and his colleagues in Parliament are fighting for Lib Dem policies that benefit ordinary people in Bristol, and delivering on Lib Dem priorities: to make tax fairer; build a sustainable, balanced economy; and give every child a fair start in life.
The Lib Dem Council Group proposed an amendment to a motion on the Independent Living Fund (ILF) at Full Council (on Tuesday 16th October), welcoming the decision to transfer ILF funding to Bristol City Council, which would give current users the support that allows them to fulfil their potential. The ILF provides money directly to disabled […]
Bristol Lib Dem Cllr Glenise Morgan (Henleaze) has written to Bristol City Council to ask that the city’s major lottery bid success from the Ageing Better Fund be used to help tackle social isolation more generally. She wrote: This is great news and I would like to offer my warm congratulations to all those who worked […]
Yesterday at Full Council (Tuesday 16th September) Cllr Anthony Negus submitted a statement on the ‘Henbury Loop’, which states: I am very concerned that our ability to achieve a strategic objective for rail travel in Bristol, as part of the overall MetroWest scheme, is now at risk from the attitude of a major local […]
Earlier this week (on Monday 15th September) Cllr Christian Martin, in his capacity as chair of the Place Scrutiny Commission, called the mayor to come and answer questions specific to his response to the Working Group Report on RPZ. Below are some of his opening remarks at that meeting: This is an unprecedented session […]
Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Gary Hopkins has today urged the mayor to ‘get a grip’ on the finances of the Bristol Arena. Cllr Hopkins’ comments echo the words of his Lib Dem colleague, Cllr Tim Kent, who recently raised concerns over the council’s parking projections for the Arena. Cllr Kent has said that […]
Lib Dem Councillors Christian Martin and Anthony Negus have raised concerns over the state of funding of Bristol’s Green Capital, which they say is in a state of crisis. Cllr Martin has today (Tuesday 16th September) demanded for an immediate review of Bristol’s Green Capital status and for a full breakdown of […]
Lib Dem Councillor for Whitchurch Park, Tim Kent, has discovered that there is a £13 million hole in the Council’s Budget. The revelation was brought to light on Tuesday 15th September by Lib Dem Councillor, Tim Kent, who demanded to know whether the city could afford the Mayor’s plans for an Arena at the […]
Cllr Anthony Negus has written a blog on scrutiny and how it is not working out under Bristol’s Mayoral system of local government: Before the referendum on having a Mayor in Bristol took place in 2012 there was a consensus that the risk of less democratic decisions, which would arise from having only one individual […]
The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that Bristol City Council has announced a new service to replace the loss of the number 20 bus. A number of the party’s councillors have been campaigning in recent weeks to find a solution to the problem and the new 520 bus service will operate along most […]
Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Gary Hopkins has accused the Mayor of hampering Bristol’s status as the Green Capital over his lack of ambition and action on the city’s hydrogen ferry. Cllr Hopkins said that the Mayor was wrong to abandon the project, a key demonstrator for hydrogen technology, especially as it was integral […]