Green Party members in the Bristol South constituency have selected Tony Dyer as their candidate for the 2015 parliamentary elections.
He will be contesting the seat to be vacated by Dawn Primorolo MP who is standing down.
Born and raised in Hartcliffe, Tony Dyer is well known in South Bristol where he still has strong family and community ties.
Tony has also earned more widespread recognition and respect through his analysis and commentaries on the pressing issues that affect south Bristol residents.
His first public role after being selected will be to speak at a meeting on Thursday evening on 'Making the Economy Work for the Common Good' (7pm, SouthBank club, Dean Lane, free admission) – where he will be joined on the platform by the Greens' top Euro-candidate Molly Scott-Cato and Southville ward candidate Charlie Bolton.
Accepting the nomination, Tony Dyer said
"I am extremely proud to have been selected as the Green Party candidate for Bristol South. My own roots in south Bristol are deep, and I really want to be in a position to reduce the inequality, joblessness, and relative poverty that blight much of this part of the city"
"Bristol South has a disproportionate number of Bristol’s most deprived neighbourhoods and to change this requires a joined up strategy to deliver the thriving economy south Bristolians need and deserve. This strategy needs to be based on real evidence not marketing hype, and will require investment by central government rather than the continuing cuts promised. How we create such a strategy for Bristol South will be the primary focus of my campaign"
Welcoming his selection, Southville's councillor Tess Green said
"We're very lucky to have such a good candidate standing in Bristol South. Tony has the skills, the experience and the commitment to change this often neglected constituency for the better"
Born on the Hartcliffe estate, the son of a Bedminster-born postman and a Knowle West housewife, Tony is very proud of his Bristol heritage which he has traced back generations. His political views have been shaped to a large degree by his family roots amongst the Bedminster coalminers and Bristol dock workers, and in particular by the experiences of his grandfather who grew up in slum conditions in the Old Market area.
After leaving Hartcliffe school in 1981 to work in the construction industry, Tony later reskilled to join the IT training industry where he worked for a local not-for-profit organisation supporting small business start-ups. Later recruited by the giant US computer company DEC, Tony worked closely with partners such as Microsoft, Cisco, Nokia, and with key clients in the City of London financial services industry and the UK retail industry.
Since moving back to the Bristol area, Tony has been involved in several grass-roots projects and has written regularly on economic and political issues, particularly for the independent online newspaper Bristol 24-7.
Aged 50, and married with one daughter about to start university, Tony believes the time is right to initiate a fuller, evidence-based debate about real and sustainable alternatives to the policies that have failed south Bristol in the past, and continue to fail it today.