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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.

More: Coverage and reactions on social media »

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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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Bradley Stoke girl makes her mark in politics

Posted on Saturday 16th January 2016 at 10:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Neha Meta on the set of the BBC Politics Show West. L-r: James Grey MP, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Neha Mehta and David Garmston.

Last year (2015) turned out to be quite a year for Bradley Stoke resident Neha Mehta, an A-level student at The Red Maids’ School. It started with her being elected Bristol Youth Mayor in February, saw her achieve a straight set of A* grades at GCSE in August and ended with a BBC television appearance!

After a whirlwind year as Youth Mayor, it was hard for Neha to think of the main highlights but, she said, “Sitting on the Learning City Partnership Board, chaired by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson and the Vice-Chancellor of UWE was certainly one of them. The group aims to make Bristol a ‘City of Learning’ for all ages, not just young people in full time education and I really support that ethos.”

In November, Neha attended the Mayor’s Annual Lecture where George Ferguson spoke about the future of Bristol and the impact of the city’s status as the 2015 Green Capital of Europe. Neha herself then addressed the audience, speaking of her efforts to continue the Green Capital legacy and her vision of what she hopes Bristol will look like in 2020.

Another highlight was attending the annual sitting of the Youth Parliament at Exeter University in July and also attending the Business Summit for Bristol as the Green Capital in October.

“Attending these meetings and events has given me a real insight into the democratic process involved when making decisions about the future of our city.”

More: Appearance on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show »

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