Councillor Pat Rooney, leader of the Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire, was out campaigning across the border in Bristol City this weekend to highlight the importance of the elections on 5th May.
Whilst South Gloucestershire voters will take part in the Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner elections this year, Bristol voters will also be electing the Mayor and a completely new Council for the next four years.
Councillor Rooney says that increased partnership working and the prospect of greater devolution makes the City’s vote relevant to its neighbours.
Campaigning just over the border in Hillfields, Councillor Rooney and fellow Kingswood councillor Martin Farmer joined Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy and Hillfields Labour candidates Anna Keen and Craig Cheney to share Labour’s message and speak to voters about their concerns.
Councillor Rooney said:
“The inter-relationship between the West of England councils is clear and growing, so it matters to us in Kingswood who is running Bristol. We are already working together on a Joint Spatial Plan that will map out future developments, and we face a formal devolution deal that will tie our fortunes even more closely together.
I believe that Marvin Rees as the Labour Mayor, together with a Labour-controlled council, would make the fight against poverty and inequality a greater priority, and this would benefit us all.”
Speaking about the Police & Crime Commissioner election, Councillor Rooney said:
“I urge all South Gloucestershire voters to use their vote this May, as fewer than one in five did last time in 2012. Labour’s candidate Kerry Barker visited South Gloucestershire last week and is very clear about the need to build a close working relationship between the police, councils and the public at this time of shrinking budgets.”