Bristol politicians need to work together to tackle the three crises of Covid-19, inequality and climate change.
An open letter to the Mayor of Bristol and Bristol party leaders from Compass Bristol and West
We are a group of citizens from the Bristol area of different political persuasions (and none) calling for all the politicians recently elected to Bristol City Council to collaborate.
We believe that the majority of people in Bristol want to see local politicians working together and that the recent results are a mandate for shared power and co-operation.
We consider that it is by working across party lines that the Mayor and the Councillors can best serve the city as it builds the recovery from COVID and works urgently to achieve its crucial climate commitment to carbon zero by 2030.
The issues we face are too serious to be subverted by local party politics which serve no-one. Finding the best people available to serve on the Cabinet must be a priority – and that will inevitably include councillors from different parties.
Scrutiny of decision-making will also be important to ensure best practice and accountability. This needs to be given and received in a spirit of constructive collaboration, mindful of the fact that no one person or party has all the answers. If those elected can keep open minds, listen to each other and move beyond historical party boundaries we can achieve the best for this city.
Shared decision-making and rainbow cabinets have been formed in councils across the country – from Stroud to Sheffield. Bristol needs to take its place among these and champion this new form of progressive and alliance-based politics. It is our belief that this will strengthen democracy.
Alex le May