Party leaders united to back bid for city to be chosen as green capital
BRISTOL's political party leaders have thrown their weight behind the city's bid to be crowned European Green Capital 2014.
The leaders of the Lib Dems, Labour, the Conservatives and the Greens gathered on College Green to show their support for the bid.
Last month the European Commission announced Bristol had made it onto the shortlist of three cities in the running for the award, along with Copenhagen and Frankfurt.
A partnership team including Bristol City Council, Bristol Green Capital, Bristol Water and Wessex Water are now working around the clock on the city's final bid presentation, which they will present to a jury in Brussels on June 8.
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Bristol City Council leader Barbara Janke said: "To have made it to the final three when we were up against such strong competitors is a huge achievement and a reflection of how much progress Bristol has made on its environmental agenda.
"We're delighted to have cross party support for this prestigious award and we hope the city will back us too. We have an excellent story to tell the jury about our successes through the actions of the council, its partners, green organisations and our local residents."
Labour leader Peter Hammond said: "This is a great accolade for the city and we should be immensely proud of ourselves for making it to the final shortlist for the second time."
Conservative Party leader Peter Abraham said: "We are extremely proud of Bristol for proving its worth when pitched against a number of leading European cities. Over the next few weeks, I hope the whole city will come together to show its support for this bid."
Green Party leader Tess Green said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be in the final three for European Green Capital 2014.
Bristol has been planning for many years to be a more sustainable city, with decades of grass roots support."
â To pledge support for Bristol's bid, visit www.bristolgreencapital.org. The winning city will be announced at the end of June.