The Green Party has released a full slate of candidates standing in the Bristol City Council election in 2021. This includes candidates for all 70 council seats across 34 wards, as well as Mayor of Bristol, Mayor of the West of England, and Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.
Local Green candidates have been working hard across the city for many years, and are united in their commitment to taking real action to create a fairer city that recovers quickly from the pandemic, put an end to the housing crisis, improve transport links and air quality and tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
Jon Eccles, who is standing in Lawrence Hill, said, “I have lived and worked in Lawrence Hill for over 20 years. It has been neglected by Labour, who think it’s a safe seat and only show up at election time. As a result, many residents are looking for a change, and we’re getting very positive responses. I’m very pleased to be standing for city council with Yassin Mohamud, an effective local activist.”
Lorraine Francis, who is standing in Eastville, said, “As a social worker specialising in mental health within the NHS I have seen first-hand how difficult the last year has been for many. I’m thrilled to be standing for the Green Party in Eastville, where I know I can make a real difference. It is an area that feels left behind, and many people experience issues with housing, air pollution and a lack of facilities and services. I’m committed to being a strong voice for Eastville and for the city.”
Other candidates include Katy Grant JP, standing in Clifton ward, who has recently become a magistrate in the children’s court, and Mohamed Makawi, standing in Cotham, who is one of the founders of the Sudanese community in Bristol and is currently studying to be an aircraft engineer.
The Greens are hoping to achieve better representation on the council for younger age-groups in the city, where the median age is eight years lower than in England and Wales. Two-thirds of the candidates are under 50.
Lily Fitzgibbon is standing in Bishopston and Ashley Down and is 18. She said, “As the youngest candidate in Bristol, youth representation is a key issue for me. Young people are particularly unengaged and underrepresented in local councils. With the average age of a local councillor at 60, I am hoping to be a much-needed younger voice.”
Lily is already working hard for young people across the city, as a founding member of the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate. She is also standing up for students across Bristol, helping to create a petition to the mayor asking for rent support from private landlords.
Cleo Lake is also joining the ticket as Green candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner. She will work to create a police force that represents, respects and understands the communities it serves.
The candidates are joining the already-announced Sandy Hore-Ruvthen, candidate for Mayor of Bristol, and Jerome Thomas, candidate for Metro Mayor. More information can be found on their websites.
The Bristol Green Party had 11 councillors elected at the previous election.