Marvin says: 'Let's make the change Bristol needs'
LABOUR'S mayoral candidate Marvin Rees was launching his election campaign in the city today.
Mr Rees, 40, a programmer with the NHS, was unveiling a poster campaign on the Downs with the slogan "Let's make the change Bristol needs".
He was due to be joined at the launch by Labour MP Tom Watson, the party's deputy chair for campaigns, who has been central in exposing the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Mr Rees, who lives with his wife and two young sons in Easton, said: "I stand for change – a fairer Bristol that has a strong economy and ensures no one is left behind.
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"A directly-elected mayor for Bristol gives us the chance to unify our city, give it a voice, and ensure that we do things differently. Everyone knows that Bristol needs change.
"This is a great city but we can do a lot more. We need change in a city with expensive and poorly-connected transport, an uncertain economic future, too few homes at affordable prices and too many people facing rip-off fees to rent, years of delay for our football stadiums and more action needed to help families struggling to make ends meet.
"Only Labour values will work for Bristol in difficult times. We can have more of the same, whether at the Council House or Downing Street, or we can put the majority first and start working towards a stronger economy that takes us forward together.
"It's essential that everyone who cares about decent public services and a better Bristol votes on November 15 so that the Tories do not sneak through the middle."
Last week, Mr Rees promised to make Bristol a Living Wage city where no one earns less that £7.20 an hour if he is elected.
He also said he would set up a Fairness Commission to look at ways to make the Bristol economy stronger and fairer.
Mr Rees is one of 12 would-be candidates to announce their intention to stand for mayor.
As well as runners from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Respect, seven independents have so far thrown their hats into the ring.