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- 02 November 2017
This report by the Huffington Post reveals one of the key reasons action to address the housing crisis is so ineffective; too often developers are able to avoid their responsibility to build affordable housing by using a legal loophole in viability assessments. In Bristol when developers did not use such assessments, 30% of houses were affordable which is bang on Bristol City Council’s target. But for those which did use a viability assessment, only 8% of housing was affordable! This needs to end.
- 02 November 2017
I have been contacted by a constituent who, quite rightly, flags up her anger that it seems sexual harassment and abuse of woman at work and in public places is only now being treated seriously following the revelations about the sleazy - and in some cases, criminal - behaviour of Hollywood directors and actors, and Westminster politicians. I think she is right to feel aggrieved that what she describes as “the experiences of everyday women” are often downplayed or dismissed. There have been announcements this week by the Speaker and by the political parties on what they are doing to make it easier to report abuse and harassment, along with support for those who come forward, and a determination to take action, both in holding perpetrators to account and in stamping out such behaviour. As the very brave Bex Bailey has said this week, it is crucial there is an independent agency to report to. But it is not enough as politicians to put our own house in order; I am determined to do all I
- 01 November 2017
Project Rugby, a new grassroots engagement initiative by England Rugby and Premiership Rugby designed to increase participation in under-represented communities, looks like a great project and I’m glad Bristol Rugby is participating. Watch the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywh9B2FadZk&feature=youtu.be
- 01 November 2017
Great news that Paul Stephenson, who led the famous Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963 in protest at the bus companies racist employment practices, is set to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pride of Britain Awards. It was the Bristol Bus Boycott that inspired Tony Benn, the local MP, to push for the Race Relations Act 1965 which was introduced by a Labour government. Particularly in today’s political climate, it’s important we take the opportunity to commemorate those who organise against prejudice and discrimination.
- 01 November 2017
Bristol has just been named as a UNESCO Creative City of Film, in recognition of our excellence in creative and cultural pursuits and our place on the international film stage! With studios like Aarman Animations, BBC Bristol, Bottle Yard Studios, and 11 international film festivals all based in Bristol, it’s clear to see why we were chosen. Hopefully those responsible for making the decision on Channel 4’s relocation are paying attention…
- 31 October 2017
It was great to speak with the Cable about farming and food policy, and the environmental impact of us leaving the EU. I’m glad they’re giving coverage to these really important issues.
- 31 October 2017
On Friday Parliament will debate whether the voting age should be lowered to 16. Are you a 16 or 17 year old and think it’s important that you are given the vote? Let me know why at Kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk
- 29 October 2017
Every Sunday in November Bristol’s 2k Challenge will be happening in parks across the city, including in Eastville Park in Bristol East! The aim is to get as many 4 – 14 year olds running as possible to encourage exercise and good health. Check it out here - https://www.bristolcityofsport17.co.uk/…/bristol-2k-challe…/
- 29 October 2017
Voting for The Aviva Community Fund awards is open! They will provide funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as health & wellbeing, skills for life and community support. Valuable schemes such as improving the community forest school facilities for Chester Park (https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot…/project/view/17-3337) need your vote! You have 10 votes in total and you can choose to give all 10 to a single project or split them between a number of projects. Search Bristol to see local projects, vote here - https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/acfcms/get-involved
- 19 October 2017
It was great fun visiting Briarwood Primary School last week: a special school which had just been awarded the Gold Standard Artsmark award by the Arts Council for successfully integrating arts learning into their entire curriculum. As well as popping into the classrooms, we also took part in a music session with pupils, making music with iPads as well as more conventional instruments. Thank you Bailey for showing us around the school!
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