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Greens discuss arena, libraries, and racism on politics podcast

Bristol Live has finished its excellent series of local politics podcasts, Never Mind the Ballots – hopefully the first of many! The podcasts involve discussion of local politics and events with two figures/local politicians and are chaired by Bristol Live politics editor Esme Ashcroft.

In case you missed them the first time round, here are the Green appearances on the podcast:

Eleanor Combley and Desmond Brown discuss diversity in politics and institutional racism

Leader of the Green Group Eleanor Combley and community activist Desmond Brown discuss institutional racism in Bristol City Council and Avon and Somerset Police, the importance of gender, disability and race representation in politics, and the right location for Bristol Arena (and whether the Temple Quay site should be used for a unicorn farm).

Paula O’Rourke and Gary Hopkins discuss Bristol Arena and council trusts

Paula O’Rourke, Green Councillor for Clifton, and Lib Dem councillor Gary Hopkins talk about running council services (such as libraries) as independent trusts, the ins and outs of council scrutiny, and the Mayor Marvin Rees as a “popstar”

Mark Weston and Tony Dyer discuss Bristol Arena and constitutional changes

Tony Dyer is the Green Party local government spokesperson and former MP candidate for South Bristol. Mark Weston is the leader of the Conservative Councillor Group on Bristol City Council. They talk about the two locations for a Bristol arena, changes to the council’s constitution, and the controversial departure of former Council chief executive Anna Klonowski who allegedly received a payment of around £70,000.

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