Labour’s majority will be halved in the new Bristol Central constituency when the boundary changes announced this week come into force, according to data collected by the Green Party.
The new, smaller Bristol Central parliamentary constituency will comprise 7 of the 10 council wards which make up the current Bristol West constituency .
Green Party data shows that this change roughly halves Labour’s majority, by no longer including the wards with Labour’s highest general election vote, Easton and Lawrence Hill.
The new Bristol Central constituency will include Hotwells & Harbourside, Cotham, Redland, Ashley (which covers St Pauls, St Andrews, St Werburghs and Montpelier), Clifton, Clifton Down, and the Central ward. It is already represented by 12 Green councillors, and just two Labour councillors.
Bristol Central parliamentary candidate and Green Party Co-Leader, Carla Denyer said the boundary changes mean voters in Bristol Central will have the best chance to elect the city’s first Green MP.
“Bristol residents have already shown their appetite for Green politics by electing us as the largest party on the City Council . And following the Greens’ stand-out local election results all over England this May, the message from voters is clear: they want the Tories out but are entirely uninspired by Starmer’s Labour.
“In the event of a Labour general election win, Green MPs in Parliament can work hard to pull Labour in a more progressive direction – on climate action, worker’s rights, public ownership of public services, compassionate immigration policy, tuition fees, right to protest, proportional representation, progressive taxation and so much more.
The boundary changes must now be passed by Parliament and will likely come into effect in Autumn 2023, prior to the general election which must take place no later than 28th January 2025.
Political makeup of Bristol City Council – https://www.bristol.gov.uk/council-and-mayor/councillors-and-the-lord-mayor/political-makeup-of-the-council
Green Party are the largest group on the council but are not yet in administration due to the mayoral system.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Bristol Green Party Communications Officer, Tilly Green (firstname.lastname@example.org/07985 283308) or Green Party Press Office on 0203 691 9401.