It is with immense sadness that we share the news of the death of Councillor Mike Langley (Labour and Cooperative – Brislington East), who passed away on Thursday 17 October.
Councillor Marg Hickman (the Leader of the Bristol Labour Group) said:
“Mike and I were first elected together in 2011, and I am proud to count him as both my friend and comrade over the last decade.
“We will always remember Mike as a principled socialist, who relentlessly championed Brislington – particularly Wick Road library and Broomhill & St Annes Park children’s centre.
“He was never far from the benches of the council chamber or the terraces of Bristol Rovers, and never shy to speak his mind on either.”
Paying tribute, Marvin Rees (the elected Mayor of Bristol) said:
“Bristol and Brislington are better places thanks to Mike’s dedicated public service, and he will be deeply missed.
“He was deservedly well thought of on all sides of the chamber, given his commitment to local issues close to people’s lives – especially on the Licensing committee, where he worked tirelessly to make Bristol safer.
“I know that the thoughts of his constituents, like those of his Labour colleagues and the entire council, are with Mike’s beloved family and friends at this extremely difficult time. “
Notes to Editor
Councillor Mike Langley served as the Labour and Cooperative Party Councillor for Brislington East ward, in the south-east of Bristol, from 2011 until his death in 2019 – making him one of the longest serving members of the Bristol Labour Group. At the 2011 election count in south Bristol, Mike memorably joked with journalists that it was the only time that he had been at Ashton Gate and wanted the blues to lose.
After a career as a bus driver, and an active member of Unite the Union, Mike had previously served as the Labour councillor for Frome Vale between 1990 and 1996.
Councillor Langley chaired the Licensing Committee of Bristol City Council, which regulates pubs, clubs, and late-night entertainment premises. The committee is by far the busiest at the local authority, including around the ongoing consultation on Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs). He also chaired the Public Rights of Way & Greens committee, which considers applications for public access and village/town green designations – a position which he took on following the Stoke Lodge High Court decision.
Mike’s family are asking for donations to Melanoma UK in his memory.
Please find below a picture of Mike, in one of the signature shirts for which he was so well known.