My first priority will be creating new jobs in Bristol
YOU'RE probably reading this because you're deciding who to vote for as Bristol's first elected Mayor on November 15. I'm asking you to cast your vote for me.
First – alone of all the candidates, I have the right kind of experience. We need a Mayor who will fight for Bristol, not someone who will simply indulge in political posturing or ego trips.
I've listened to and served the people of Bristol for 30 years as a family doctor. I want to take exactly that same approach if I am elected Mayor on November 15.
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Since 2005 I've served as a councillor, too. I'm now Deputy Leader of the Council and I've been a key member of the current Lib Dem administration, helping to turn Bristol around.
If you vote for me as Mayor, you will get someone who knows his way around local government and who has strong contacts with Ministers in central government.
In the current tough financial climate we need a Mayor who has the connections to fight Bristol's corner in Westminster, to get a better deal for our city.
I love Bristol. I've made it my home for the past 40 years. I don't just talk about getting things done for our city. I'm already doing it. And I will carry on doing my utmost for all the people of Bristol if I win in November:
â I will make bringing new jobs to Bristol my Number One priority. It's a tragedy that so many of our young people are out of work and I will do everything in my power to fix that.
â I will get Bristol's transport system moving and cut bus fares to no more than £1.50 for a single ticket.
â And I will use my experience as a Bristol doctor over the past 30 years to make Bristol a healthier, happier city.
Just a few years ago our Council Tax was among the highest in the country and our school results and our recycling record were among the worst anywhere in Britain.
This was how it was at Bristol City Council under Labour. For decades, Bristol was a land of wasted opportunity.
But over the last few years, under the Lib Dems, there has been a great change for the better.
â Our schools are performing better – not well enough in some cases, but much, much better than they used to do.
â We have frozen Council Tax for two years running after years of hikes under Labour that had little to show for them.
â And the council itself has been changed for the better – streamlined, slimmed down and focused more on what the public needs.
There is a long way to go. I am proud of the part I have been able to play in turning Bristol's fortunes around. But as Mayor I want to go much further to ensure Bristol lives up to its full potential.
Here's a promise I will make right now. As Mayor, I will deliver an arena for Bristol.
This city desperately needs a major music venue. Why should Bristol people have to keep trekking over to Cardiff to see the big bands play?
The Lib Dems on the Council are already making progress on this and as Mayor I will make sure it happens.
My Number One priority, though, will be creating new jobs. Bristol has the power to lead Britain out of the recession and I aim to make sure that this happens.
One way to do this is to get our transport system moving as it should. No one wants to see traffic moving freely and easily around the city more than our businesses do.
But it's not just vital for our economy. It's a win-win for everyone.
We have already introduced a host of major improvements.
During the last two years, by working with Lib Dems in government, we have attracted over £500 million of transport investment to Bristol.
This compares with just £150 million over the 13 years of Labour government.
As Mayor I will use this extra investment to deliver:
â A Greater Bristol half-hourly Metro train service (including Portishead).
â Electric trains into Temple Meads.
â Faster, more reliable buses.
â 20mph on residential roads.
â The new junction on the M49 to unlock even more jobs in Avonmouth.
â Rapid Transit routes around Bristol.
â And road improvements to help traffic flow on main routes.
I will also set up a 'Transport for Bristol' organisation to cut bus fares to £1.50 for a single ticket anywhere in the city.
We have to back Bristol's port at Avonmouth too. As Mayor I will oppose calls by Labour MP Peter Hain and others for a barrage across the Severn. This would damage the port and put the jobs it creates at risk.
Together we can make Bristol better. Please vote for me as Mayor on November 15 so that I can carry on working for a better tomorrow for Bristol.