|The last local election for Hengrove was held on 7 May 2015.|
|William Quick was our candidate in 2015 and received 4.40% of the vote.|
|The next local election for Hengrove will be held on 5 May 2016.|
About me (William)
I moved to Bristol to start university and study History in 2010, and quickly fell in love with the city. When I graduated I knew there was nowhere I’d rather be, so stayed. Due to the nature of the job market and the limited employability initially offered by a 2:1 history degree, like many after graduating I found finding work extremely difficult, and moved through a variety of temping jobs (including in a call centre and in a ‘food factory’ – both of which I would not recommend to anyone) before getting my current job as a Theatre Porter for the North Bristol NHS trust in late 2013. This is a fantastic job, as it allows me to do something that contributes to helping people and really making a difference in people’s lives, and I get to meet lots of people and get to see an interesting cross section of Bristol life.
Despite growing up in a completely depoliticised family in a housing estate in Lincolnshire, I’ve always been fascinated by politics. In 2010, like many people in Hengrove, I was searching for an alternative to the increasingly stale looking politics of the mainstream parties and voted Lib Dem mainly on their social justice stance, their appetite for electoral reform, and their hostility to tuition fees and trident. Like many (especially students and young people like myself) I was quickly disillusioned as they sold out promise after promise to cosy up to their conservative coalition partners.
As I learned more about the Green party I soon realised that we have the exact same political priorities – fighting for economic and social justice, and creating a new society without the scourge of inequality and poverty, and that simultaneously isn’t destroying the habitability of our planet – and supported almost all the same policies. I soon realised I’d found in the Green party the alternative I’d been looking for. Having voted Green for a number of years I joined last year, where I quickly got very involved, becoming the Bristol party’s Trade Union Liaison Officer.
I have five main priorities I want to push on the council if elected:
1) To build the fight against austerity and vote against any cuts
- Aside from their odious social impact cuts are flawed economically. Most economists agree that cuts have held back economic growth. On top of this austerity has greatly depressed wages, and with them tax returns. That is why the government has consistently missed its own targets; and why they have only cut the deficit by a third in numeric terms (a half as expressed as a percentage of GDP) when they said they would have eliminate it by now. Cuts are destroying our services and impoverishing our communities, and they’re deepening the ecological crisis. Cuts foist the cost of the crash onto those who did least to cause it and must be resisted. With both main parties promising at least £30 billion more cuts by 2017 this is going to be a major battle over the next few years.
2) To protect our NHS and public services, by pressing for NHS contracts to be provided by the NHS and not private companies, and resisting creeping privatization.
-Our public services and in particular our NHS are being sold off by stealth as creeping privatization (under the austerity agenda) opens them up to private profit. We must use councils and any and all organizational resources we have to stop it. I can’t afford private health insurance. Can you?
3) To push for more truly affordable housing, rent caps, longer tenancies and an end to tenancy fees to help end the housing crisis.
- The housing crisis affecting our nation is particularly strong in Bristol. Right to buy and buy to let (and other short termist policies) have concentrated ownership of homes in a perpetually shrinking elite. This has contributed to annual rents increasing by £1272 between 2011 and 2014. In the same period wages fell by £1730 in real terms. We need radical action now!
4) To oppose Fracking, promote sustainability, and encourage divestment from fossil fuel.
- Aside for the crises of inequality and poverty, the looming environmental crisis is the most serious threatening our society (and species and planet as a whole). Greens offer the bold policies we need to tackle climate change. Greens on the council are already fantastic at promoting environmental and ecological sustainability. I hope to further enhance their work.
5) To fight for a unified public transport system, publicly owned and locally controlled; and to aid and encourage more walking and cycling.
- Making public transport cheaper and more accessible could help tackle both inequality of access to transport and climate change. Our public transport lets us down across Britain, but it seems to be particularly bad here in Bristol. We need to make public transport as cheap and easy to use as possible so that it can be people’s first choice to travel and not just a begrudging last resort.
You can contact us at hengrove.