Clare Campion-Smith, popular local Liberal Democrat campaigner, former teacher and Lord Mayor of Bristol, has resigned as Councillor for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze, due to health reasons.
Clare is glad to endorse local resident Graham Donald as candidate to succeed her.
Clare says, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve the residents of Henleaze – and later Westbury – as their councillor. I also had the great honour of being the city’s Lord Mayor and of twice being in the city council cabinet.”
Graham and Clare have worked together on behalf of local people as part of Liberal Democrat efforts to save the city’s Library services, and to petition the Mayor and Council for more openness on payments made to senior Council staff.
Graham knows Clare’s value to the local area and is keen to build on her work: “Clare is one of a line of committed, hard-working Liberal Democrat councillors in both Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym. Many residents will remember the sheer tenacity of the late Rosalie Brown, the resourcefulness of her husband, Dennis, and the local knowledge, community links and application of Glenise Morgan.”
“Clare has been a huge asset to public life in Bristol – most of all in 2010 when she drove through a plan to provide more primary school places to meet a shortage that the previous Labour administration had done nothing to address. Many Bristol families have reason to be grateful to Clare.”
Clare feels that Graham can help secure her legacy in campaigning both for local people and for Liberal Democrat values: “I am confident that, in Graham Donald, residents will have an energetic, caring councillor who has proved himself in campaigning for a crossing in Canford Lane and in holding Mayor Rees to account for his actions.”
Graham is also keen to build on Clare’s environmental achievement in winning cross-party support for her proposal to impose a levy on disposable coffee cups sold in council-owned premises. He has past previous professional interest in debates on UK environmental issues, and knows the importance of sensible, practical action on these matters.
And as an advocate for carers and the disabled, Graham admires Clare’s work as Cabinet member for children’s services and health and social care and is well-placed to take these issues further.
If you want to show your thanks to Clare for nearly 12 years of dedicated service, use your vote for Graham on 24 May!