Councillor Ani Townsend-Stafford has been elected as the new leader of the Green group of councillors. The group also voted in a new deputy leader and whip.
After May’s election, which saw the number of councillors more than double, the group agreed to appoint positions for a six month period to enable new councillors time to adapt to their roles.
New Green group leader Ani Stafford-Townsend, who was one of the new intake of councillors elected in May 2015, said:
“I am delighted to take on the position of leader at a time when the Green Party is going from strength to strength in Bristol. Green councillors are working hard across the city which will enable us to further build on our success in next May’s election.”
“As a born and bred Bristolian with my own business and experience of being a working mum, I am passionate about representing our city and its people. I was delighted to win Cabot ward in May from the Lib Dems, who had previously held it since the 1970s. I have worked hard as a new councillor and am honoured that my Green colleagues have placed their trust in me to become the new Green group leader.”
Councillor Carla Denyer has now taken on the position of whip and the new deputy leader will be Councillor Charlie Bolton.
Councillor Ani Stafford-Townsend continued:
“My colleague Rob Telford took the position of leader for an initial six months following the election, and has done a fantastic job bringing the group through a time of change. I now look forward to working with the new team to build on their work as the group continues to grow.”
“Greens have a strong vision of a better Bristol. We want everyone to have access to a job that pays them well, to a secure and affordable home and to excellent public services. We want Bristol to be a city where our streets are healthy and safe, our city’s prosperity is more equally shared and where our local businesses can thrive and develop. This is the future that we as Green councillors will continue to work hard to deliver.”