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Green politicians’ job share success

Today Green councillors voted for the Green Assistant Mayor on Bristol City Council’s cabinet to be held as a job share. This move will, for the first time, see a cabinet member in one of Britain’s core cities1 share a job.

Councillor Daniella Radice who has been Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods since December last year will share her role with Fi Hance, Green Councillor for Redland. 

Councillor Radice said:

“This is a great example of Greens putting policy into practice. Greens have been at the forefront of campaigning for more people to be enabled to get involved in politics, including calling for job share MPs2.  I am really looking forward to working with Fi and getting a better work life balance for myself”. 

“Greens believe that real democracy not only gives everyone the chance to vote, but also the chance to stand. There are many people who are unable to commit to being a politician full time, whether they are parents, carers, or simply can’t commit their entire life to only politics.  Just think how much richer and more representative our democracy will be if we enable these people to be involved in the running of our cities, towns and country.” 

Councillor Hance added:

“Daniella and I first met through an initiative to get more women into the Council Chamber and are both supporters of the 50:50 campaign3, which aims to have a 50% representation of women on Bristol City Council for 2016.  Between us, we have a great deal of experience of Neighbourhood issues.”

“We want to show that it is possible for senior political positions in local governments to be job shared. We believe that the City will benefit from better decision making as a result of having our joint experience on the cabinet.”


Notes

  1. The Core Cities are economically the largest areas outside of London in England, Wales and Scotland.  Visit http://www.corecities.com/about-us/core-cities for more information.
  2. The Green Party have campaigned for the ban on job share MPs to be lifted:https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2015/04/10/greens-campaign-to-lift-ban-on-job-share-mps/
  3. The 50:50 campaign: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/campaigns/5050-campaign/

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