After Mayor Marvin Rees added tackling the Climate Emergency to his personal policy portfolio in recent weeks, and appointed Councillor Kye Dudd as Cabinet Member for the Green New Deal — a move thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the country — Labour Bristol’s motion backing the Green New Deal was passed by a Full Council meeting of all Bristol’s councillors and the mayor last night.
Kye’s motion on behalf of the Bristol Labour Group calling for and committing to the transformative Green New Deal agenda to continue our work to deliver social and environmental justice is a strong one, which lays a great foundation for Labour Party conference this month. Aileen and Darran (running for council in Windmill Hill and Bishopston & Ashley Down) and fellow Green New Deal campaigners Paul, Candida, Carys, and Joe worked hard with the Labour Group of councillors on this crucial motion.
To watch back any of last night’s meeting, including great speeches from Kye and your other local Labour councillors, please visit the council’s YouTube page.
Building on Boris Johnson’s disrepect for parliamentary process, one opposition party — breaking long-standing constitutional conventions — sought to move a last minute wrecking amendment to our Green New Deal motion, in a strange attempt to derail this national campaign. The Labour Group of councillors discussed this, after receiving it with just minutes’ notice, and decided to vote it down.