Councillor reselected as Bristol party leader
Knowle councillor Gary Hopkins has been re-elected as the leader of the Bristol Liberal Democrats.
Cllr Hopkins stepped into the role of deputy leadership in May last year after leading the local party for four years, but after a recent Lib Dems group meeting, he was selected to lead the group once again.
He will be succeeding Cotham councillr Anthony Negus, who will be taking on the local deputy leader role.
Cllr Hopkins, who has been a Knowle councillor for 17 years, says that he took a year off from leading the Bristol party, but is now ready to lead the Lib Dems to success in next year’s local elections.
Following the party’s gains in recent surrounding local elections, Cllr Hopkins says that he feels optimistic about increasing the number of Lib Dem councillors in Bristol.
Cllr Hopkins said: “The city faces real challenges – air pollution, congestion, housing and has suffered from poor and indecisive leadership. Along with Mary Page, our mayoral candidate, we will be presenting Bristolians with alternative policies and will ditch this expensive post of mayor.
“Recent election results here in the West of England have shown that the Liberal Democrats are the clear alternative and with our commitment to restore democracy and stop wasteful spending we are determined to win in 2020 here in Bristol.”