Jeremy Corbyn has today visited Bristol to launch Lesley Mansell’s campaign for Metro Mayor

The Labour leader called into Bristol North West where he will meet local members and activists.

Lesley Mansell said: “I’m delighted Jeremy came to Bristol to support my campaign. We share a passion for social justice and equality – two messages at the very core of my manifesto.

“The Metro Mayor is a new role and a chance to change the way things are done. It’s an opportunity for us to tackle the inequalities of our housing market, the insecurity of our jobs market and to end the frustrations of our journeys across Bristol.”

An experienced negotiator, the NHS manager has the qualities required to bring together the leaders of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire, uniting them in a common aim.

Her first priority is to address the region’s housing problems.

“I want to see more social and affordable housing being built, focusing on the areas of greatest need,” she said.

“Getting homes built is essential for the region’s economy and, with better planning and contracts, new housing developments will also deliver apprenticeships and employment.

“We have already seen in Bristol what can be done when there is the will to build houses. I will work closely with Marvin Rees to replicate Labour’s success in Bristol across the rest of the region.”

Her other key policy areas are transport, jobs, skills, the economy and the environment.

“The West of England is an inspiring place to live and work,” she said. “My vision is to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to share in our region’s successes.”

Download a copy of Lesley Mansell, Labour candidate for West of England Metro Mayor’s manifesto

Campaign Events – 19 March to 24 March

Campaigning Events this week in the West of England Region 

Bath CLP – Bus Campaign and Street Stall with Lesley Mansell
18 March 2017
Larkhall Square, Bath, BA1 6FA
10:00 – 11:00

Bath CLP – Door knocking in Walcot
18 March 2017
Rising Sun, 5 Claremont Buildings, Camden Rd, Avon, Bath BA1 6EH
10:30 – 12:30

Bath CLP – Door knocking in Walcot
18 March 2017
Rising Sun, 5 Claremont Buildings, Camden Rd, Avon, Bath BA1 6EH
12:30 – 16:30

Bristol West CLP – Door knocking & leafleting in Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill
18 March 2017
Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Beam Street, Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 9QY
10:30 – 14:00

Bristol North West CLP – Door knocking & leafleting in Henbury & Brentry
18 March 2017
McCalls, Charlton Rd, Brentry BS10 9JU
11:00– 13:00

Bristol South CLP – Door knocking & leafleting in Windmill Hill with Lesley Mansell
18 March 2017
Totterdown Tesco Express, 33 Oxford St, Bristol BS3 4RJ
13:00 – 15:00

Bristol North West CLP – door knocking in Horfield
18 March 2017
Horfield Leisure Centre, Dorian Road, Bristol, BS7 0XW
14:00 – 16:00

Bristol North West CLP – door knocking in Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston
19 March 2017
Co-op, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS11 0QB
11:00 – 13:00

Bristol West CLP – door knocking in Redland
19 March 2017
Sainsburys, 2-4 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8AE
14:00 – 16:00

Filton & Bradley Stoke CLP – door knocking with Lesley Mansell in Filton
19 March 2017
Filton Library, Shield Retail Park, Link Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BR
11:00 – 13:00

Bristol East CLP – door knocking with Lesley Mansell in St George West
20 March 2017
tbc
15:30 – 17:30

Bath CLP – phone banking for Lesley Mansell and Walcot By Election
21 March 2017
136a Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG
18:00 – 20:00

Bristol Labour Students – Street Stall
21 March 2017
tbc
11:00 – 13:00

Bath CLP – phone banking for Lesley Mansell and Walcot By Election
22 March 2017
136a Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG
18:00 – 20:00

Regional Office – phone banking for Lesley Mansell
22 March 2017
4 Emery Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 5PF
19:00 – 21:00

Bristol East CLP – Leaflet Delivery in Bristol East
Daily until 3 May
Contact Tony Fehler 07813068781
10:00 – 12:00
14:00 – 16:00

Lesley Mansell, Labour’s candidate for Metro Mayor, has called on the Joint Transport Board to improve rail links across the region.

The call comes as it Network Rail revealed the cost of re-opening the Portishead line to passenger trains has trebled from £58m to as much as £175m.

Lesley Mansell said: “The West of England needs extensive upgrades to its transport infrastructure, especially more frequent train services and the opening of more stations. I am determined to see improvements to the West’s rail links continue.

“I will work with partners to support the opening of the Portishead passenger line as soon as possible. Additionally, I want to see half hourly Severn Beach Line services once the Filton Bank is upgraded to four tracks.

“I will also work with other mayors around the country to put pressure on the Conservative government to alter the process for upgrading rail projects. Too often the government makes promises but fails to deliver.

“I know from personal experience that too many of our roads, buses and trains are over-crowded, inflicting daily misery on commuters and leisure travellers alike, as well as damaging our local economy.

“I will bring stakeholders together as a matter of priority, looking across the region at how better planning and new infrastructure can deliver improvements.  The West of England needs to catch up with cities such as Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield, which already have reliable and green transport.”

Campaign Events – 11 March to 17 March

Campaigning Events this week in the West of England Region

Bath CLP – Door knocking & leafleting in Walcot
11 March 2017
Morrisons, London Road Bath BA1 6AE
10:30 – 12:00

Bath CLP – Door knocking & leafleting in Walcot
11 March 2017
Morrisons, London Road Bath BA1 6AE
12:30 – 14:30

Bristol Young Labour – Door knocking in Lawrence Hill
11 March 2017
CWU, Church Rd, BS5 9JA
10:00 – 12:00

Bristol Young Labour – Door knocking in Hartcliffe/Bishopsworth
11 March 2017
Daily Grind, Whitchurch Rd, Bristol BS13 7RW
14:00 – 16:00

Bristol North West CLP Street Stall in Westbury on Trym
11 March 2017
Outside the Co-op on Carlton Court, Canford Lane, Westbury on Trym BS9 3DF
11:00 – 13:00

Bristol South CLP – door knocking in Filwood
11 March 2017
Meet on the corner of Parson Street and Hall Street BS3 5PN
11:00 – 13:00

Bristol East CLP – door knocking in St George Troopers Hill with Lesley Mansell and Cllr Fabian Breckels
11 March 2017
St Aidans Church, Fir Tree Lane BS5 8BJ
13:30 – 15:30

Bristol North West CLP – door knocking in Horfield
11 March 2017
Horfield Leisure Centre, Dorian Road, Bristol, BS7 0XW
14:00 – 16:00

Bristol West CLP – door knocking with Thangam Debonnaire MP in Clifton Down
11 March 2017
Clifton Down Shopping Centre Whiteladies Road, BS8 2NN Bristol
14:00 – 16:00

Bristol North West CLP – door knocking with Lesley Mansell in Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston
12 March 2017
Co-op, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS11 0QB
11:00 – 13:00

Bristol West CLP – door knocking with Lesley Mansell in Redland
12 March 2017
Sainsburys, 2-4 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8AE
14:00 – 16:00

Filton and Bradley Stoke CLP – door knocking with Cllr Ian Scott in Filton
12 March 2017
Shield Retail Park, Link Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BR
11:00 – 13:00

Bristol West CLP – door knocking with Lesley Mansell in Lawrence Hill
14 March 2017
CWU, Church Rd, Bristol BS5 9JA
14:00 – 16:30

Bath CLP – Phonebanking for Lesley Mansell and Walcot by election
14 March 2017
Bath Labour Offices, 136a Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG
17:30 – 21:00

Bath CLP – Phonebanking for Lesley Mansell and Walcot by election
15 March 2017
Bath Labour Offices, 136a Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG
17:30 – 21:00

Filton & Bradley Stoke CLP – door knocking with Lesley Mansell in Filton
16 March 2017
details tbc

Bristol South CLP – door knocking with Lesley Mansell in Windmill Hill
17 March 2017
details tbc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesley Mansell calls for Budget funding for West of England

Lesley Mansell has called on the government to give economic parity to the West of England.
For while yesterday’s Budget mentioned the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales in the section on devolution, there was no reference to the West of England.
Lesley Mansell said: “The West of England needs a strong voice in Westminster to lobby on our behalf. I have written to the government asking why they have left us out of their Budget calculations.

“Part of the Metro Mayor’s role is to attract investment to the region. The government could set the ball rolling by giving money towards ensuring people have access to better jobs, better training opportunities and better apprenticeships.
“I will seek to ensure all future Budgets include genuine and meaningful investment for the WECA, recognising the contribution made by the area to the UK economy.
“I want everyone to share equally in our region’s success. In order for that to happen we need a Labour Metro Mayor.”

The women who have inspired Lesley Mansell

On International Women’s Day, Lesley Mansell, Labour’s candidate for West of England Metro Mayor, talks about two of the women who have inspired her. 

Harriet Tubman

She said: “The first woman is former slave, Harriet Tubman, who escaped her Philadelphia captors in 1849 and ended up guiding hundreds of other slaves to freedom.

 

 

Angela Davis

“The second is political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis, who fought for the rights of Black people in America in the 1960s.

“Both stood up and challenged the establishment against all the odds, refusing to take “No” for an answer. Their courage in the face of adversity inspires me every day. They were ‘Bold for Change.”

Lesley, who works as a equality and diversity manager in the NHS, says one of her proudest moments was when she was awarded the TUC Women’s Gold Badge in 2005, recognising her campaigning work for women’s rights.

She says: “I have continued that campaign ever since, identifying and removing the barriers women face in the workplace and their everyday lives, and I will continue to do this as Metro Mayor, creating a West of England that is more inclusive and equal for women.”

Lesley visits Yate to talk to teachers and parents

Lesley Mansell visited Brimsham Green School in Yate on Friday to talk to parents and teachers.
Labour’s candidate for Metro Mayor for the West of England said: “They were very concerned about the £231,028 cuts facing the school by 2019 – that’s £278 per pupil, or the equivalent of six teachers.
“Although the Metro Mayor has no direct responsibility for younger students, I will have responsibility for students aged over 19, so the education they receive beforehand is crucial in shaping their life chances.
“We cannot afford to let the cuts started by the Tories and Lib Dems ruin these young people’s futures before they’ve started. I will work hard to ensure people living in the West of England have access to better jobs, better training opportunities and better apprenticeships.
“I want everyone to share equally in our region’s success but in order for that to happen we need a Labour Metro Mayor.”

Campaign Events – 4 March to 10 March

 

The following events are being planned for this week, across the West of England Combined Authority.  Where location is not confirmed, updates will be posted closer to the date

Canvassing Windmill Hill, Bristol

4 March 2017
Co-op, Wells Rd (outside), Bristol, BS4 2QU
11:00 – 13:00

Canvassing in St Andrews, Bristol

4 March 2017
Sainsbury’s Local, 2-4 Gloucester Road, BS7 8AE
14:00-16:00

Canvassing in Bishopston, Bristol

4 March 2017
Sainsbury’s Local, junction of Gloucester Rd and Longmead Avenue
11:00- 13:00

Canvassing in Twerton, Bath

4 March 2017
Bath City FC car entrance, Twerton Park, Bath BA2 1DB UK
10:30 – 12:30 First session
12:00 – 14:30 Second session

Voter Registration Event with Bath Students and Lesley Mansell – Oldfield Park, Bath

5 March 2017
Oldfield Park station Bath BA2 3RN
14:00 – 16:00

Canvassing in Southville, Bristol with Lesley Mansell

4 March 2017
Meet at Lounge, 227- 231, North St, Bedminster BS3 1JJ
14:00 – 16:30

Canvassing in Clifton & Harbourside, Bristol

6 March 2017
Meet at Dance Centre, Jacob’s Wells Rd, Bristol BS8 1DX
14:00-17:00

Canvassing in Southmead, Bristol

9 March 2017
Meet at Cote Bank House, Corner of Eastfield Rd and Clover Ground, BS9 4UA
13:00 – 15:00

Meeting with UWE Students and Lesley Mansell, Frenchay Campus

9 March 2017
Frenchay Campus, University of West of England
17:00-18:00

Phone Banking, Bath CLP

7 March 2017
Bath Labour Office 136a Walcot St, Bath BA1 5GB
17:30 – 21:00

8 March 2017
Bath Labour Office, 136a Walcot St, Bath BA1 5GB
17:30 – 21:00

Phone Banking, Labour South West Regional Office

8 March 2017
Labour South West, 4 Emery Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 5PF
18:00 – 20:00

Campaign Events – 25 and 26 February

West of England Labour activists will be busy this weekend, registering voters and speaking to people on the doorstep about the Metro Mayor role and our candidate.  If you are available, please do join us!

Voter Registration – Ashley

25 February 2017
Sainsbury’s 2-4 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8AE
13:00 – 15:00

Door Knocking – Bishopston & Ashley Down

25 February 2017
256-258 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8PB
11:00 – 12:30

West of England Metro Mayoral Canvassing Charlton Mead

25 February 2017
298 Charlton Rd, Bristol BS10 6JU
11:00 – 13:00

Bristol North West CLP, Street Stall, Shirehampton, Bristol

25 February 2017
47 – 49 High St, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 0DW
11:00 – 13:00

Hockeys Lane, Fishponds, Traffic Protest with Kerry McCarthy MP, Cllr Nicola Bowden-Jones and Metro Mayoral Candidate Lesley Mansell

25 February 2017
Junction Of Fishponds Rd And Hockey’s Lane, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3HG
13:00 – 14:30

Canvassing with Horfield Branch and Metro Mayoral Candidate Lesley Mansell

25 February 2017
Outside Horfield Sports Centre, 4 Dorian Rd, Horfield, Bristol BS7
15:00 – 17:00

Bristol Young Labour Canvassing

25 February 2017
The Lounge, 227- 231, North St, Bedminster BS3 1JJ
11:00 – 13:00

Redland Door Knocking
26 February 2017
Sainsbury’s 2-4 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8AE
14:30 – 16:30

Central Door Knocking with Bristol Young Labour

25 February 2017
Nine Tree Hill, corner of Ashley Road and Gloucester Road
14:00 – 16:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LabourList calls for more women in local government

LabourList has today published a feature in which Bex Bailey called for more women in local government.

Bailey, who sits on the Labour Women’s Network Committee, says Lesley Mansell’s selection as candidate is a positive step in itself,.

She writes: “The situation for women in local government is not great. There are just 60 women leaders in total in England and Wales, yet more than 20 men named John.

“Labour has selected four men and two women – including Lesley Mansell in the West of England – for the Metro Mayor elections.

“Cuts to council funding, imposed by a Tory government, are hitting women especially hard – not least in Sunderland, which is set to lose its only domestic violence refuge for women.

“Nationally – and internationally – progress on women’s rights is under threat. But even in these tough times, we have lots to be optimistic about too.”

The full article can be read here.