Mayoral Candidate would like to see Made in Bristol stamp
A CYCLIST who "died" after he was stabbed in a Bristol street has decided to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming mayoral election.
Rich Fisher was cycling home when he was dragged off his bike and stabbed a total of 24 times in Fraser Street, Windmill Hill.
He died for 15 minutes in the ambulance as he was being rushed to the Bristol Royal Infirmary but medics managed to revive him.
He said the attackers were caught and convicted at Bristol Crown Court. The attack happened nine years ago.
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Mr Fisher, 48, who now lives with his partner and two-year-old son in St Agnes, said since then, he had had various health problems including bowel cancer from which he had recovered.
He said he wanted to stand as a candidate because he felt compassionate about the city.
The idea of becoming a candidate had started as a joke among friends but he was encouraged to take the matter seriously.
Mr Fisher, who was born in Portsmouth and has lived in Bristol for 30 years, pledged to cut through the red tape and get things done.
He is currently a volunteer with BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) and was one of the Occupy protesters who camped out on College Green last year.
He said: "Transport and the proposed arena are issues close to my heart but most important is to generate industry within the city especially manufacturing and entertainment.
"We are builders, makers, artists, engineers, musicians, architects, psychologists etc and we should be making quality products because we can and we can be very good at it.
"I have solid ideas to mobilise Bristol and encompass all the resources we have using a collective scheme that involves both existing businesses, new trainees and resource sharing.
"Bristol has enormous reserves of talent and I would like to see this talent given a chance to shine through input into the industries that I want to set up.
"I want to cut through restrictive processes that stifle ideas, and provide real tax breaks to encourage growth.
"Ultimately, I would like to see Bristol industry flourish and be proud to have the words 'Made in Great Bristol' printed on the products. We can set an example to the rest of the country."
Mr Fisher has no business interests or political agenda and thinks that some of his ideas may not sit well with the council but wants to maintain a constant dialogue with councillors and officials rather than adopting a top down approach.