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Labour party selects local MP candidate

Posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mhairi Threlfall.

The Filton and Bradley Stoke Labour Party has selected an up-and-coming Bristol councillor, Mhairi Threlfall, as its new candidate for the next general election. It is one of the first local parties in the country to choose a candidate, having made notable in-roads into sitting MP Jack Lopresti’s majority at the 2017 snap general election. Bradley Stoke is now ranked as Labour’s 56th most important Conservative target seat and is seen as a ‘must win’ for them to form a majority government.

Mhairi is originally from Scotland and moved to Bristol over a decade ago to study chemistry at the University of Bristol. She then went on to work for the University of the West England (UWE) as an enterprise educator in their Employability service.

Following her selection, Mhairi Threlfall said:

“I am honoured to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke and am really looking forward to picking up from where Naomi Rylatt [Labour’s candidate in 2017] left off. I know the constituency very well, having worked at UWE for nearly 10 years and look forward to meeting thousands of Bradley Stoke residents between now and the next general election.”

Ms Threlfall has already been actively campaigning in the constituency and recently met with GKN workers at Filton to discuss their concerns about the current hostile takeover bid from Melrose.

She added:

“The Melrose bid for GKN is very worrying and I don’t think the local MP has done nearly enough to raise this issue. Filton’s extremely successful aerospace industry acts as an anchor for the regional economy, and is an excellent example of long term industry and government cooperation. Jeremy Corbyn has been consistently raising this issue in parliament, and I urge the government to use their powers under section 58 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to intervene on public interest grounds, including the impact on local jobs and our national security.”

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Jack Lopresti holds FaBS but has majority halved

Posted on Friday 9th June 2017 at 7:43 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

Conservative Jack Lopresti has retained his Filton and Bradley Stoke (FaBS) parliamentary seat but with a much reduced majority of 8.2 percent, compared to 20.0 percent in 2015. His share of the total votes cast was 50.0 percent (46.7 percent in 2015).

Labour’s candidate Naomi Rylatt finished second with a 41.7 percent share of the vote, significantly up from the 26.6 percent her predecessor Ian Boulton achieved in 2015.

The Liberal Democrats’ share of the vote dropped from 7.3 percent in 2015 to 6.0 percent, while the Green Party’s share fell from 4.6 percent to 2.3 percent.

UKIP did not field a candidate. Their prospective candidate, Ben Walker, who polled 14.8 percent of the vote in 2015, had said it would have been “wrong” to stand  … “and potentially affect the result, knowing that [Mr Lopresti] has now given his commitment to Brexit”.

The turnout was 70.2 percent, compared to 68.9 percent in 2015.

Full result:

  1. Jack Lopresti (Conservative) 25,339 [+3.3%]
  2. Naomi Rylatt (Labour) 21,149 [+15.1%]
  3. Eva Fielding (Liberal Democrats) 3,052 [-1.3%]
  4. Diana Warner (Green Party) 1,162 [-2.3%]

* Percentages are percentage point changes in vote share compared to 2015

Photo: Archive image of Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

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[Letter] UKIP’s Ben Walker: Why I am not standing in GE2017

Posted on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at 12:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Ben Walker (UKIP).After a huge amount of deliberation, I have decided not to stand in the upcoming snap general election on 8th June.

I campaigned tirelessly along with other local branch members to ensure we obtained a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and once we got it, we worked even harder to win it.

Given that the previous member of parliament for Filton & Bradley Stoke eventually came out in support of Brexit and voted to leave, helping to campaign in the latter stages of the referendum campaign, it would be wrong of me to stand in this election and potentially affect the result knowing that he has now given his commitment to Brexit.

In no way do I support the Conservatives nor do I support our MP and his record in government, however, I must entrust my commitment to Brexit with him, putting aside party politics and personal differences in the interests of the UK and its bright future outside of the EU, an ever closer political union and a federal superstate.

I hope, if elected, he plays his part to ensure Brexit is delivered by the government. If not, or if Brexit becomes something it was never meant to be, I will be waiting to remind the electorate of his and his party’s failure to deliver on a promise.

Ben Walker
UKIP Candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke

This letter originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 30). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Related link: 2017 General Election in Filton and Bradley Stoke

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Local churches to host ‘eve of EU referendum’ debate in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Sunday 19th June 2016 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

EU Referendum debate in Bradley Stoke on 22nd June 2016.

The churches in Bradley Stoke, in partnership with Cllr Tom Aditya of the Bristol Multi Faith Forum, are hosting a debate on the eve of the European Union (EU) referendum.

This will be an opportunity for members of the community to ask questions and listen to an in-depth discussion of issues surrounding the referendum question.

The event takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June at Holy Trinity Church, Broad Croft, Bradley Stoke BS32 0BD.

Doors open at 7pm. Free refreshments will be served before and after the event.

The debate will be chaired by local entrepreneur Dotun Olowoporoku, who is part of the leadership team at Bridge Community Church, Bristol.

Joining him will be Jack Lopresti (MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke), Peter Bone (MP for Wellingborough) and Tom Pursglove (MP for Corby), all campaigning to leave the EU.

Speaking for the ‘remain’ camp will be Dr Razvan Constantinescu (chair of the Bristol and Bath branch of the European Movement), Mandy Cormack (business advisor; formerly vice-president at Unilever) and Tony Dyer (Bristol Green Party).

The debate will adopt a ‘BBC Question Time’ format, with some questions being submitted prior to the meeting as well as an opportunity to ask questions on the night. If you wish to submit a question for the panel, please feel free to send it in advance by visiting, via email to or via text to 07852 456253.

Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event, however, as only a limited number of seats are available, advance reservation via Eventbrite is advised:

Alternatively, seats may be reserved via email, phone or text (details above).

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