Recent News:

Kay Barnard: “Tax credit changes will hammer families in Bristol”

20,000 families in Bristol will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits. Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government’s proposals. The change will mean a total loss of £22,725,000 […]

Cllr Mark Wright responds to revised park law proposals

Lib Dem Councillor for Cabot Ward (which includes both Castle Park and Brandon Hill), Mark Wright, has responded to revised proposals to introduce bye-laws for Bristol’s parks. These are being presented to council following a previous attempt to introduce measures in March 2014. At the time, Mark launched the campaign that blocked a draconian proposal […]

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 […]