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“My priorities are more homes, better transport and secure jobs for the people of the West of England. I will bring my long standing skills of negotiation, consultation and probity to make this new partnership work.” Lesley Mansell

Lesley Mansell is the Labour Party candidate for the West of England Metro Mayor election, taking place on 4th May. Labour campaigners will be working tirelessly in March and April to help Lesley win this position. Check our events page to get involved.

This new regional mayor will oversee a combined umbrella authority over Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset (BANES) with new powers and more than £1 billion of investment promised for transport, housing and skills.

We need a Labour Metro Mayor to work with Marvin Rees and Bristol’s Labour-led council to fix some of the biggest problems in our city. After huge Tory cuts, our local services rely on a joined up approach to funding public services, housing, jobs and opportunities that will tackle inequality in the city and the region head on.

This is what Lesley is pledging to do.

So come out and campaign in South Bristol to get Lesley Mansell elected!

Join us at a local campaign event soon

Saturday 25th March: 11am-1pm - Metro Mayor canvassing in Withywood with local councillor Paul Goggin

Meet outside Withywood Post Office, 145 Four Acres, BS13 8RA

More information and RSVP here 

TUESDAY 28th March: 2-4pm - Metro Mayor canvassing in Filwood

Meet outside Parson Street Convenience Store, 72-74 Parson St, Bristol BS3 5QQ

More information and RSVP here

Saturday April 1st: Metro Mayor Trade Union Campaign Day with Billy Bragg

There will be local canvassing sessions morning and afternoon - come and join us...

In Windmill Hill - meet at 11am at St John’s Lane Health Centre (BS3 5AS). You can RSVP here

In Filwood & Bedminster - all meet at 2.30pm at the Brunel pub (313 St John’s Lane, BS3 5AZ). You can RSVP here

There will also be a fun social evening in central Bristol with Billy Bragg playing a few tunes. More on that soon (You can also check here for details)

Even if you’ve never campaigned before, you're really welcome at any of our campaigning events. And you can always come along a few minutes early to say hello and get more of a briefing from the person leading the session.

Register to vote by April 13th

The deadline to make sure you can cast your vote in the Metro Mayor election is April 13th. It’s quick and easy, and all the information you need is here: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/voting-elections/register-to-vote

So make sure you and your friends are registered to vote in time!

For more information...

You can also follow Lesley’s campaign on facebook here, and visit her website for other canvassing and campaigning events across the city here

To volunteer for Lesley's campaign - whether you're an experienced canvasser or envelope stuffer, or just an enthusiastic Labour supporter - please sign up here

Mansell 4 Mayor - Help get Labour's candidate elected for Bristol and the South West

“My priorities are more homes, better transport and secure jobs for the people of the West of England. I will bring my long standing skills of negotiation, consultation and probity...

There are lots of ways of getting out and active with your local Labour Party in February and March. All members are really welcome, and if you’re new to campaigning or to Labour we’d love to meet you.

Support campaigners fighting to save local services in Hartcliffe 

Local campaigners need your support to save Symes House, a centre that provides vital services to local people - especially the poorest and most vulnerable - in Hartcliffe. Amid budget cuts there is a risk that this service will close without your support. We need as many people as possible to sign this petition by Feb 20th here.

Lend your support in Stoke on Trent to see off UKIP in Feb

23 Feb is the Stoke on Trent by-election where UKIP leader Paul Nutall is hoping to take the seat vacated by Tristram Hunt. It’s looking tight in the polls. If you want to help Labour campaigning to win this crucial election and you can travel to Stoke under your own steam there are campaigning sessions at 10am, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm every day (meet at Hillcrest House, Garth Street, Hanley, ST1 2AB) every day.

Click here for details and to RSVP for canvassing sessions: http://www.westmidlandslabour.org.uk/events

Join us canvassing for Labour’s Metro Mayor candidate in March

In March we will be ramping up campaigning in support of Labour’s Metro Mayor candidate Lesley Mansell who is committed to delivering more homes, better transport and secure jobs in Bristol and across the region. Elections are on may 4th and we will be out talking to people across Bristol South. All canvassing sessions will be posted on our events page here where you can RSVP

Join the national NHS demo on Sat 4th March

This Tory government has created a funding crisis in the NHS, and has sold off chunks to private providers. On Sat March 4th thousands of people will turn out for a demo to save the NHS in London. See here for more details on transport and travelling with other Labour members from Bristol South

And thank you for all your help campaigning!

On Sat 4th Feb we held an action day to #fighttorycuts, and speak out against cuts to Bristol council. We got out and talked to hundreds of people to tell them how Labour is fighting to protect services for the most vulnerable despite these brutal funding cuts from the Tory government. You can watch this short film to find out more.

Get active with Labour in February and March

There are lots of ways of getting out and active with your local Labour Party in February and March. All members are really welcome, and if you’re new to campaigning...

The national NHS demo on 4th Feb is an opportunity to send a message to the government: “The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it.”

Since the Tories won the election in 2010 our NHS has been on life support, fighting for survival.

This Tory government has created a funding crisis and has sold off chunks of the NHS to private providers. They have caused increased waiting times, ward closures and cuts to staffing, putting unfair pressure on hospitals, GPs and mental health services.

Our NHS needs you to fight for it, and this demonstration will speak out strongly to save the NHS.

Join the national demo on Saturday March 4th

Saturday 4th March, assemble 12pm Tavistock Square, London WC1 

More information about the demo here: http://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/

Travel with local Labour Party members

If you want to join a group of local Labour Party members and friends, and help take the Bristol South banner to this march, you can contact Ben Anthony: benant52@icloud.com

You can also RSVP here

Book your place on a coach from Bristol

There are also coaches going from Bristol, and People's Assembly have put on an extra one due to demand.

You can book now here

It's our NHS - join the national demonstration on 4th March

The national NHS demo on 4th Feb is an opportunity to send a message to the government: “The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith...

On Feb 4th Labour Party members took to the streets across Bristol to oppose Tory cuts that are putting vital services at risk in cities like Bristol. 

Check out this short film & share widely to get the word out

Get involved with your local Labour Party

Follow us on twitter: @bristolsouthlab

Local members can join our facebook group: Bristol South Labour Party Members

#FightToryCuts

Opposing Tory Cuts: Watch & share the film

On Feb 4th Labour Party members took to the streets across Bristol to oppose Tory cuts that are putting vital services at risk in cities like Bristol.  Check out this...

 

Campaign with Labour to protect our services and oppose Tory cuts!

The Tory government is forcing their ideological programme of austerity on this country and on Bristol. They have drastically reduced funding to local government, meaning Bristol City Council must cut more than £92 million in the next 5 years.

These cruel Tory cuts fly in the face of Labour Party values

Our Labour mayor and councillors were elected on a promise to build a fairer and more equal city. Our priority is to tackle inequality and deprivation head on. So Bristol’s Labour-led council is working hard to protect vital services despite Tory cuts. We will do everything we can to prevent Tory austerity hitting ordinary people in Bristol.

Fighting Back: Labour Opposing Tory Cuts

Starting today, we are launching a Bristol-wide campaign. We will challenge the government and oppose Tory cuts. We will get the word out to people across Bristol so they can join us. We will speak up loudly and tell people that the country would be better off with Labour. It’s no accident that Tory cuts will hit Labour-led councils across the country, while Tory heartlands are protected. They are playing politics with our services. It’s time to fight back. #FightToryCuts

Join us, starting with an Action Day on Saturday 4th Feb

On Saturday Feb 4th, we will hold a city-wide action day opposing Tory cuts. Join us at events in the morning and afternoon!

In the morning we will hit the streets across the city to hand out flyers and collect signatures for a petition to Theresa May.

Please join us at a local event on Saturday 

On East Street from 11am - meet outside Boots (details here)

On North Street from 11am - meet outside Tobacco Factory (details here)

Door-to-door campaigning in Hartcliffe / Withywood - meet outside Withywood Post Office on Four Acres (details here). 

UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THE 3pm EVENT AT COLLEGE GREEN IS CANCELLED DUE TO PLANNED ANTI-TRUMP MARCH 

We need you to make this campaign happen - some ways you can get involved now!

We know that many members feel passionately about this and are itching to take action. Here are some ideas for how you can get involved.

  1. Join or organise a local event on the morning of Sat 4th Feb; this could be a street stall, or door knocking in your area. Where can you speak to the most people and how can you get creative and get noticed?
  2. Share the campaign flyer on your social media and email to your friends and networks, and invite them to join our campaign events on the 4th. You can view the flyer and download as PDF at the bottom of this page
  3. Get your personal message out on social media. Make a 30 second film saying why you feel passionately about this issue, and share it on your facebook and twitter. Use the hashtag #FightToryCuts
  4. Brainstorm creative ideas with your friends and share them so we can help make them happen. How do we put pressure on the Tory councillors in your area? What other attention grabbing campaign actions could we take between the 4th & 21st?
  5. Declare your support online with a Twibbon http://twibbon.com/Support/labour-opposing-tory-cuts
  6. Get in touch with your branch campaign officer if you have time and ideas to offer. Or you can email your CLP campaigns coordinator Emma info@bristolsouthlabourparty.org.uk

 

Campaign to Oppose Tory Cuts - Kicking off with Feb 4th Action Day

  Campaign with Labour to protect our services and oppose Tory cuts! The Tory government is forcing their ideological programme of austerity on this country and on Bristol. They have... Read more

On Jan 21st, the Labour Party will turn out in force across the country - and across Bristol - to defend the NHS and speak out about the erosion of social care provision under this Tory government. 

Join us at a campaigning event near you

Come along to a street campaigning event near you! We are holding 2 events in South Bristol

IN BEDMINSTER / SOUTHVILLE: meet at 12 noon outside the Tobacco Factory on North St - Full details here

IN KNOWLE: meet at 10.30am at Broadwalk Shopping Centre main entrance (corner Broadwalk & Wells Rd) - Full details here

And join us campaigning online! 

You can get on your twitter and facebook to help share the #CarefortheNHS petition - click here

You can also share the short film on the social care crisis on the national Care for the NHS campaign website

The Tory government’s draconian cuts and austerity, along with their ideological agenda to privatise our services, are pushing our health and social care services to breaking point. 

3.9 million people are stuck on waiting lists and A&Es are in crisis. Social care is hanging in the balance and local councils are seeing their funding slashed under the Tories. 

It’s time to take action!

Not been out campaigning with Labour before?

Campaigning with the Labour Party in Bristol South is friendly, fun, and really worthwhile.

Check out this short film from our last NHS action day and see for yourself!

 

Jan 21st: National Action Day on NHS & Social Care

On Jan 21st, the Labour Party will turn out in force across the country - and across Bristol - to defend the NHS and speak out about the erosion of...

On December 8th Bristol South Labour Party started our monthly food bank collection.

Together we donated more than 40 bags and 2 boxes of food to food banks in South Bristol, to make sure some of the poorest families had enough to eat over the festive period.

Our South Bristol Food Banks feed thousands of local families – and the need is growing.

One food bank in Hartcliffe told us that they gave out 1,250 meals the week that our donations came in. Another in Bedminster told us they fed 700 families – 100 more than last year – underlining just how important these services are.

This wasn’t a project just for Christmas though, Bristol South Labour Party will be donating every month we meet.

Get involved and make a donation

You can help by giving a few food and toiletry items. A little donation makes a big difference.

NB. Food items must be non perishable eg long life or with long use by dates, dried and tinned goods.

Find out more about some of your local foodbanks: Victoria Park Baptist Church near Victoria Park, and Carpenters Food and Support at the Withywood Centre

Labour supports local food banks - offering a lifeline to Bristol families

On December 8th Bristol South Labour Party started our monthly food bank collection. Together we donated more than 40 bags and 2 boxes of food to food banks in South...

LP flagsWe may be looking down the barrel of the festive season, but it’s not time to head for the sofa with those mince pies just yet!

We will be out knocking on doors and talking to local people come rain or shine, so watch the website for the next day out on the doorstep near you. For now though, here are some activities you can get involved in with your Local labour party and other campaigning groups who are fighting for social justice in Bristol.

Wed 23rd Nov: We are all Daniel Blake - Protest the Autumn Statement (from 5pm)

Bristol People’s Assembly is organising a protest targeting the government on the day of their Autumn Statement. If you feel strongly that our country should stop welfare cuts and nonsensical assessments and sanctions that leave people unable to work or claim their benefits, come along. Let’s show that the Labour Party is the party that stands up against draconian Tory cuts and welfare policy. Assemble from 17.00 at Job Centre Plus, 16 St Stephen's St, Bristol, BS1 1EN You can RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/183654965425706/

Sat 26th Nov: Campaign for the NHS in Windmill Hill (11am) and Bedminster (2pm)

We are passionate about the NHS! If you are too, come and join one of our Bristol South campaigning events as part of the National Action Day for the NHS. We will be out talking to people about the need to protect the NHS from cuts and privatisation, handing out flyers, and showing our support on social media. Everyone welcome! And if you’re a new member please do come along and meet your fellow Labour folk - we are very friendly and it will be a fun day.

To join Windmill Hill branch, meet at 11am outside Tesco on Oxford Street. Full details here: http://www.bristolsouthlabourparty.org.uk/care_for_the_nhs_in_windmill_hill

To join Southville and Bedminster branch, meet at 2pm outside TSB on East St. Full details here: http://www.bristolsouthlabourparty.org.uk/nhs_action_day_southvillebemmy

Mon 28th Nov: People’s Assembly / Unite - Meeting to organise against cuts (6.45pm)

Across Bristol different groups are getting active and speaking out against the devastating cuts being forced on Bristol City Council by the Conservative government. This is a meeting to think about campaigning ideas between now and February when final decisions get made. Come and get involved -  show that the Labour Party is opposed to these cuts, and think with others about how we can stand up to Tory cuts imposed on our city. 6.45-8pm at Tony Benn House, Victoria St, Bristol, BS1 6AY Full details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2127111330848030/

Calling all campaigners - get active in November!

We may be looking down the barrel of the festive season, but it’s not time to head for the sofa with those mince pies just yet! We will be out...

careforthenhs.jpgWe care passionately about the NHS! If you do too, come and join our Bristol South campaigning event as part of the National Action Day for the NHS. Sign up below.

Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed

• Around 3.9 million people are now on the English waiting list to start treatment

• One in four patients have to wait a week or more to see or speak to a GP or nurse, or don't get an appointment at all

We will be out talking to people about the need to protect the NHS from cuts and privatisation, handing out flyers, getting petition sign ups, and showing our support on social media with the hashtag #CarefortheNHS

Everyone welcome! And if you’re a new member please do come along and meet your fellow Labour folk - we are very friendly and it will be a fun day.

When: Sat 26th Nov, 2-4pm

Where: meet outside TSB on East Street, BS3 4ER

#CarefortheNHS Action Day for the NHS in Southville & Bedminster

We care passionately about the NHS! If you do too, come and join our Bristol South campaigning event as part of the National Action Day for the NHS. Sign up...

labour_campaign_nhs.jpgWe care passionately about the NHS! If you do too, come and join our Bristol South campaigning event as part of the National Action Day for the NHS. Sign up below. Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed:

• Around 3.9 million people are now on the English waiting list to start treatment

• One in four patients have to wait a week or more to see or speak to a GP or nurse, or don't get an appointment at all

We will be out talking to people about the need to protect the NHS from cuts and privatisation, handing out flyers, getting petition sign ups, and showing our support on social media with the hashtag #CarefortheNHS

Everyone welcome! And if you’re a new member please do come along and meet your fellow Labour folk - we are very friendly and it will be a fun day.

You can contact Jon for more information (Jon.D.Wellington@gmail.com)

When: Sat 26th Nov, 11am - 1pm

Where: meet outside Tesco on Oxford Street, BS3 4RJ

#CarefortheNHS Action Day for the NHS in Windmill Hill

We care passionately about the NHS! If you do too, come and join our Bristol South campaigning event as part of the National Action Day for the NHS. Sign up...

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Clare Moody, MEP has invited Labour Women to a day to celebrate what the EU has delivered for women, and what impact leaving the EU could have on our rights. 10th December, 10.30am to 4pm at Tony Benn House, Victoria St in Bristol. Book to reserve a place by request to clare@claremoodymep.com. Hope to see some of you there.. Jane Britton, Women’s Officer

 

 

Leaving the EU - fighting for women's rights

        Clare Moody, MEP has invited Labour Women to a day to celebrate what the EU has delivered for women, and what impact leaving the EU could have...

The Tory Government is imposing further austerity cuts on Bristol City Council’s budget, forcing even more cuts to vital local services and potentially hitting our poorest and most vulnerable people hardest.

corporate_strategy.pngMayor Marvin Rees and his Cabinet want to include the whole city in planning for the future of the Council and its' services, work out how best to balance the books, and new ways for the city to work. You can influence how the city tackles this huge financial challenge and, as a city community, does things differently in future to cope with it.

To have your say, come to the Mayors South Bristol event on Thursday, 17th November at 19:00, in the Oasis Academy John Williams School, Petherton Rd, BS14 9BU. To book your free place click here

If you can’t go to the meeting or want to look at the issues prior to event have a look at the proposals and/or have your say by clicking this link www.bristol.gov.uk/council-spending-performance/corporate-strategy-2017-2022

 

The Council's budget - your say in South Bristol

The Tory Government is imposing further austerity cuts on Bristol City Council’s budget, forcing even more cuts to vital local services and potentially hitting our poorest and most vulnerable people...

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At the weekend Labour Party members from Bristol South were out on North Street, as part of the National Campaign Action Day for fairer education.

We went out with the education petition, and to talk to people about why we believe the Conservatives are wrong to push for an increase in selection and grammar schools, which Teresa May has recently championed. You can sign the online petition here at http://www.labour.org.uk/content/grammar-schools-petition

Past experience and research shows that areas with grammar schools, result in better education for children from the richest 5% of families, and leave the poorest 50% worse off.  A selective system delivers the opposite of social mobility. What we need is a quality education system for all, not a system that divides children at age 11.

Around 30 of us were out campaigning, and the atmosphere was great. We've had so many new members join the Labour Party in our area recently, and we are an active bunch! It was great to see members from Knowle, Southville, Bedminster, and Windmill Hill, as well as our MP Karin Smyth, and local councillors out in force. We even had an enthusiastic member from Bath travel to join us.

We got around 200 signatures for the petition and had some really interesting chats with local people - before the rain really set in. And it was great to hear cars beeping at our big 'education not segregation' banner. Thanks to everyone who honked their horn in support.

You can still sign the national petition: http://www.labour.org.uk/content/grammar-schools-petition

And please share it on social media using the hashtag #EducationNotSegregation

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Campaign Day - Education not Segregation

At the weekend Labour Party members from Bristol South were out on North Street, as part of the National Campaign Action Day for fairer education. We went out with the...

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In the light of the Tories' plans to allow new grammar schools to open and reintroduce selective education into England and Wales, Bristol South is organising a street stall this Saturday morning. 
 
We will be talking to people locally about the need for a fair education system for all, handing out flyers, and sharing our support for the #NoNewGrammars on social media. 
 
Come and join us from 11.15 am outside the Tobacco Factory on North Street (BS3 1TF). Please come along - everyone welcome!
 
If you can't make it, you can also sign the petition here: http://www.labour.org.uk/content/grammar-schools-petition

National Campaign Day - Bristol South #NoNewGrammars

In the light of the Tories' plans to allow new grammar schools to open and reintroduce selective education into England and Wales, Bristol South is organising a street stall this...

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Click here to see and hear Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, addressing the national Labour Party Conference earlier this week..

 

Bristol Mayor Marvin at the LP conference 2016

  Click here to see and hear Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, addressing the national Labour Party Conference earlier this week..  

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