Peter Tyzack, Liberal Democrat candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke (FABS), called into town on Saturday on a charity walk spanning the breadth of the constituency that he hopes to represent in the next parliament.
The event, ambitiously titled ‘Walk to Westminster’, saw Mr Tyzack set off from Severn Beach at 9am and arrive at Staple Hill by 2:40pm – after passing through Pilning, Easter Compton, Cribss Causeway, Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Frenchay, and Downend.
Some elements of the media are said to have called FABS the ‘mystery constutuency’ because people don’t relate to the name. Prior to embarking on the walk, Mr Tyzack said:
“We are finding residents who insist that they are not part of Filton or Bradley Stoke, so the intention of the walk is to draw attention to the extent of the constituency by walking from one end to the other. My hope is that the media will show a map to help the voters identify with the new area that they are part of. I hope to meet and talk with residents along the way.”
Mr Tyzack was accompanied on the walk by his daughter Rowena and, for the first mile out of Severn Beach, Steve Webb MP.
The walkers made a collection for Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre’s CaRE appeal along the way.
Mr Tyzack, currently ranked the 6/1 second favourite for the FABS seat, added:
“If I am successful in the election and become the first Member of Parliament for the new constituency then I shall walk the rest of the distance to Westminster over the summer, again collecting sponsorship.”
“I believe politics has to get back in touch with people, and after the shameful way some MPs have behaved over their expenses, the public needs reassurance that they have some idea how the rest of us live. It is no good MPs sitting in their offices in Westminster, they have to go to the people and walk in their shoes. MPs are elected by the people; they need to show that they will work for the people.”
Asked for his most notable memory of his ‘taking politics back to the people’ walk, Mr Tyzack, who is also a member of South Gloucestershire Council, told The Journal:
“After appreciating the trees all coming into leaf and the spring flowers blooming, it was the amount of litter at the side of the road – fast food wrappers and drinks containers clearly ejected from passing cars. People complain that the Council should tidy up, but why do people spoil their country in this way?”
Photo (R-L): Sachin Singhal welcomes Peter Tyzack and daughter Rowena to Bradley Stoke.
- More photos of the walk: album; slideshow (PicasaWeb)
- Filton and Bradley Stoke – General Election 2010 (The Journal)
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