What have the Lib Dems in government done to give all children the best start in life?

I’m sure you have heard the Lib Dem tagline “Stronger Economy Fairer Society” a multitude of times over the past few years. With the general election campaign well underway you are bound to hear it more. Since the difficult decision to enter the Coalition Government was made in 2010, we have worked hard to put into action many of the policies in our manifesto and I am proud to have delivered on these promises.

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Merry Christmas Bristol!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Bristolians! 2014 has been a busy but exciting year for me as Bristol West’s MP and there are many things that I am proud we have achieved.

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Serious About Climate Change

At the European Union Council in October, EU countries agreed to an ambitious and much needed new policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. It also includes plans to boost renewable energy to 27% of the energy mix and increase energy efficiency by at least 27%.

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My views on Bristol's future

I think abolishing Avon and replacing it with four new councils was a major error. Over the last two decades other city regions have seen huge progress in their transport provision and cultural facilities while Bristol has lagged behind. 

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Working for peace and nationhood for Palestine

I visited Gaza on a cross party delegation back in March.  It was a trip that will forever stay in my memory.  I’ve always had an interest in a wide range of foreign affairs and they don’t come any bigger than the Middle East.  Achieving peace and stability between Israel and all its near neighbours is the epicentre of the solution to so many other world conflicts, including those carried out on our own streets.

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Remembering Bristol’s First World War VCs

This morning I unveiled a memorial stone to Captain Douglas Reynolds, on the hundredth anniversary of the action that led to him being awarded Britain’s highest military honour, the Victoria Cross.

In this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War there will be many events around Britain and the rest of Europe. There will be further anniversaries to mark down to 11 Novemeber 2018, a hundred years after the Armistice on the western front that now sets the date for our annual Remembrance Sunday event for all conflicts.

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Scrap the Severn Bridge Tolls!

I had a few hours free yesterday afternoon so visited Berkeley Castle. It’s just one of the many places I could have visited that are within about half hours drive of my home in Bristol. I could have gone to Tyntesfield or Clevedon Court. All would be free to visit as I am a member of all the major heritage groups.  Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey or Tredegar House would also have been free…..except for the fact that they are in South Wales, so I would have to have paid £6.40 just to cross the river Severn.

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What have the Lib Dems in Coalition done for the cost of living?

The recession of 2008 and the years that followed had a devastating effect on people’s finances.  Unemployment soared and many factories reduced hours, preserving jobs but depressing pay. This was the situation I and my Lib Dem colleagues found ourselves in, when we entered government in 2010. These days Labour make it a habit to mention the “cost of living crisis” whenever possible and of course also have a habit of not mentioning any of the improvements this government has made in cleaning up the mess left by their previous administration.

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Desperate Need to put a Stop to this Horror

THERE aren't many things that would get me in front of a camera, clapping my hands and dancing about. But there's also very little I wouldn't do to draw attention to the vile act of female genital mutilation, and the desperate need to put a stop to it.

The #UseYourHead video by Integrate Bristol has brought the public, celebrities, politicians, and particularly young people together to promote gender equality.

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What has the Lib Dem Coalition done for Bristol?

After four years of the Liberal Democrats in Coalition Government, there are many positive things to see in Bristol.  The economy is stronger, schools have extra resources for children from poorer backgrounds and various initiatives are underway to build a more sustainable future.  In this blog I’ll consider the economy.

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