Labour councillor Mark Bradshaw apologises for not taking up role
A LABOUR councillor has written to Bristol mayor George Ferguson expressing his regret at not being able to join his cabinet.
Mark Bradshaw was offered one of three Labour cabinet seats to take charge of transport.
In his letter he said: "Unfortunately, in light of the NEC ruling, it is now not possible for me to join your cabinet as a Labour councillor. I regret that the party has reached this conclusion but I reluctantly accept it. Therefore I have decided, with a heavy heart, to decline your offer.
"I was elected as a Labour councillor and, as such, willingly agreed to abide by the rules of the party, which include the need for national consent before entering into shared or 'rainbow' administrations. Perhaps such rules now need to be re-examined but that's not one for me.
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"I appreciate the many messages, including from my Bedminster constituents, asking me and Labour to join the cabinet. I consider my constituents to be an accurate barometer of the growing mood towards greater cross-party working and away from what some call 'tribalism'. I view their judgement to be the more representative of the current situation in Bristol and so I am sorry that this will be one of the very few occasions in six years as councillor that I will not be following their advice. For a community-based councillor, this is not something you do lightly."