Carla stands for…
Bristol has been cut deep by 12 years of austerity from the Conservative government. Schools, hospitals, public transport and local services need to be properly funded.
As a local councillor, Carla has worked to protect essential services that support the most vulnerable people in the city. When Bristol’s Labour administration planned cuts to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, Carla challenged Labour’s proposal on the grounds that it would result in a tax rise for the city’s poorest households. Working with others she successfully persuaded the Mayor to announce a u-turn on his proposals.
Now the effects of the pandemic on our economy are starting to bite, Carla is calling for a rethink from the chancellor and backing Sandy Hore-Ruthven’s plan to invest in our city to kickstart a green economy.
We need urgent action to avoid catastrophic climate change. Carla delivered the first Climate Emergency motion in Europe – committing Bristol to go carbon neutral by 2030 and leading the way for governments, councils and businesses across the continent. Since then she has kept up the pressure on Bristol and the UK to take immediate and meaningful action, and supported councillors and campaigners across the UK who are pushing for climate action in their communities.
We need relentless campaigners like Carla in Westminster to force the government to live up to its promises and deliver a better future for people and planet.
As a Green Party councillor and an active member of the ACORN community union, Carla has a track record of standing up for renters and working to prevent homelessness. She has campaigned for affordable and decent housing for everyone through measures such as landlord licensing. In 2016 Carla called on the Mayor and Cabinet to extend landlord licensing across more of the city and in 2019 the Cabinet did so.
Recently Carla has been supporting the student rent strike in Bristol.
“Bristol is an amazing, vibrant place. We should be a beacon to the rest of the country and the world, showing how by working together we can solve the problems that sometimes seem insurmountable.
Our city is talented, hard-working, imaginative, and kind, and these are the values I will try to bring as your MP. I’m a good listener, and I have an open mind. I care about people and I will always do my best to help.
As your MP, I would work for you. Green MPs aren’t whipped, so my career isn’t reliant on toeing a party line. I won’t be bought, bribed or bullied into backing a leader I don’t believe in. I would be free to listen to my constituents and vote with my conscience.”