Marvin Rees, Labour Mayor of Bristol, said today:

“After winning the mayoralty and our majority in City Hall eighteen months ago, I reached out to all parties and asked them to join us in working in the best interests of Bristol. We formed a cabinet which looked more like the people we represent more than any that have come before it.

The Labour Group and I are proud of these achievements but it is increasingly clear that the behaviour of other parties has made this arrangement untenable.

In my recent state of the city speech, I renewed my invitation to the other parties to drop the race for headlines and work with us to deliver for the city but they have shown no change in behaviour or no more intent to work with us, for the city. Labour’s priority remains the delivery of our city aspirations, not cheap headlines.

Therefore, I have written to the leaders of the Green and Conservative groups to advise them that the cross party cabinet cannot continue.

Cabinet appointments will be announced shortly.”

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