Council by-election

A by-election is taking in Bishopston and Ashley Down after the resignation of Green councillor Lily Fitzgibbon.

Councillor Fitzgibbon, who became the youngest member of Bristol City Council when she was elected in 2021, is moving away from the city to be closer to her family.

She said: “I’ll be very sad to leave this wonderful community. This hasn’t been an easy decision and is not one I have taken lightly. It has been a tremendous honour to be able to make a difference for local people here, alongside my fellow Green councillor Emma Edwards.

“Together, we got safety improvements to the roads outside our local primary schools and City of Bristol College. We’ve worked with residents on issues with bus services and supported campaigns on the lack of school places. We’ve obtained trees from the council to plant on Horfield Common, and, along with local campaigners, we helped save the much-loved Ashley Down oak.”

The by-election will take place on Thursday August 24. Candidates had until Friday July 21 to get their nominations in. 

At the time the Voice went to print, the known candidates were Barry Cash for the Lib Dems, James Crawford for the Green Party and Andrew Milton for Labour.