Recent News:

Liberal Democrats Select Kay Barnard as Bristol Mayoral Candidate

The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Kay Barnard as their candidate to be the next Mayor of Bristol. At a packed event at the Pitcher and Piano on Cannons Road on Sunday (13th September), Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron MP, councillors and party members welcomed Dr Kay Barnard as their candidate for the mayoral election […]

Let’s avoid another school places crisis

Bristol Councillors are due to debate the provision of new secondary school places at next week’s Full Council with a fear that the city could be rocked with another school places crisis if it does not act soon. Councillor Tim Kent (Lib Dem; Whitchurch Park) has submitted a motion on behalf of Liberal Democrat councillors […]

Bristol Lib Dems say “Yes to EU”

Liberal Democrats in Bristol are leading the way with a positive attitude towards Europe and are the first party to formally join the ‘Yes to EU Bristol Alliance‘, ahead of the anticipated referendum on EU membership. The alliance will lead the ‘Yes’ (or, as now seems likely, the ‘Remain’) campaign in Bristol, with representatives from […]

Welfare cuts to hit thousands of Bristol residents

The Conservative government have announced a range of cuts to working age benefits that will affect local residents. Recent analysis has estimated that in the City of Bristol: The four year freeze on working age benefits means 33,410 Bristol residents and their families will lose an average of £260 per year. This includes 18,700 working […]

Scrutiny Chair welcomes Mayoral announcement on libraries

The Chair of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, Lib Dem Councillor Anthony Negus, has welcomed the u-turn by Mayor Ferguson today on library closures. Cllr Anthony Negus (Lib Dem, Cotham) said: “I welcome the news that there will be an equitable solution to keep open libraries throughout the city. “At the scrutiny meeting, though, we continued […]

Parliament Votes to Grant Bristolians Right to hold second Mayoral Referendum

Today Parliament voted to restore the rights of Bristol citizens to be able to hold a second mayoral referendum that could see the role scrapped. In the House of Lords Bristol peer and former council leader Baroness Barbara Janke of Clifton successfully moved an amendment to Government legislation that would lift the restriction on holding […]

Open Letter from Cllr Kent to the Mayor of Bristol

Tim Kent, Lib Dem Councillor for Whitchurch Park, has today (Tuesday 2nd June) written an Open Letter to the Mayor of Bristol, regarding the publication of the ‘Our City’ magazine.   The contents of his letter is below:   Yesterday you wrote to all councillors to defend your use of £35,000 of public money to […]

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 […]