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Stephen Williams welcomes another fall in unemployment

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of unemployment claimants in Bristol West is now at 3,041, a fall of 986 claimants compared to March last year. The figures show that more people are in work than ever before with levels of employment up to 30.4million. Unemployment has fallen […]

Lib Dems submit motion on Somaliland’s right to be recognised as a sovereign state

The Liberal Democrat group have submitted a motion to be moved by Councillor Christian Martin (Clifton East) on the right of Somaliland to be recognised as a sovereign state, the motion is outlined below: “This council believes that Somaliland – where more than 10,000 people now in Bristol originated – should be recognised as a […]

Are you listening over Residents Parking? Asks Lib Dem councillor Christian Martin

Councillor Christian Martin, transport spokesman and deputy leader of Bristol City Council Liberal Democrat group, today (Tues, April 15) issued the following statement about the introduction of Residents’ Parking Zones: Over the last two weeks we have seen considerable concern voiced over the rapid introduction of RPZ’s without due regard to the needs of residents […]

Anger as Mayor stalls Portway rail station plans

A NEW rail station at the Portway park-and-ride site at Avonmouth has been held up – because Bristol’s elected Mayor has done nothing about it in his 17 months in power. Bristol Liberal Democrats are demanding to know why a scheme which at that time was just a year away from completion has effectively been shunted […]

Lib Dem councillor challenges owner over plans for pub site in Lockleaze

LOCKLEAZE Liberal Democrat councillor Sean Emmett is challenging the owner of the Gainsborough Pub, on Gainsborough Square, to bring forward plans to redevelop it – or sell it on to someone who will. The Gainsborough, known locally as the ‘Blue Boy’, shut three years ago and is becoming an eyesore. Councillor Emmett said: “This is […]

Lib Dem councillor calls for Metrobus consultation to be extended

LOCKLEAZE Liberal Democrat councillor Sean Emmett has called for the public consultation on the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route to be extended beyond May 2 so that residents in Lockleaze and other areas can properly consider the plans. Councillor Emmett said: “This must be the most shambolic set of plans I have seen in […]

Restorative Justice cuts crime, improves lives and reduces police costs

Under Restorative Justice (RJ), criminals understand the consequences of their actions. Put simply, it cuts crime, improves lives and reduces costs. For too long the debate about policing and criminal justice policy has been centred around what sounds tough rather than what works to cut crime. The Liberal Democrats are strong supporters of RJ, because […]

Another boost for affordable homes

We need more affordable housing and new borrowing powers announced today by the government will enable local councils to be able to build up to 10,000 affordable homes, including many here in the city. There is a real need to deal with the chronic shortage of social housing. The simplest way to do this is […]

More Cash to Repair Potholes – Williams

Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams, has welcomed the £342,924 of government funding allocated to Bristol City Council to help repair local roads damaged by the recent severe weather. The Coalition Government has allocated £183.5 million into tackling potholes caused by the bad weather. The cash is being made available to councils as an emergency payment […]

In Support of a Living Wage

I was delighted by the recent announcement for a one-off ‘Living Wage’ payment for the lowest-paid Bristol City Council staff. I have long been in support of raising those on the lowest wages out of income tax, this is how we can create a living wage. Under the plans no employee of Bristol City Council will be […]