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(From Bristol Evening Post)
Charlotte Leslie, the MP for Bristol North West, tells Post readers why she thinks they should vote for change DO you think Bristol politics needs a shake-up? Are you fed up with party politics getting in the way of common sense? This Thursday, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to change that: To vote YES for an elected mayor.
People from all political parties, and none, are saying that Bristol needs the decisive, strategic leadership of a mayor, including the business community - the people who create the city's jobs.
Bristol is a great city; internationally known for our creative industry; business centre and port. But anyone who loves Bristol like I do knows we can be doing so much more.
Why is it that when Bob Dylan (I'm a fan) comes to the south west, he goes to Cardiff ? Why do Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, even Bournemouth, host major party-conferences, and not Bristol? And we've been fighting for years for the kind of local rail system cities like Newcastle take for granted.
All this left undone, whilst the city watches a merry-go-round of council leaders flash in and out of the Council house: six in just ten years - Barbara Janke being the latest departure.
How can you get long-term vision this way? Result? Many decisions are taken by unelected …