Mark Weston has been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West.
Mark, the Conservative Group leader on Bristol City Council, has been tasked with winning the seat back from Labour’s Darren Jones. He was chosen by members of Bristol and South Gloucestershire Conservative Federation at a selection meeting at Redmaids’ High School this evening (Thursday).
“I’m excited and proud to be selected and I can’t wait to step up my work for the people of Bristol North West,” said Mark, who has been the councillor for Henbury and Brentry for the past 12 years.
“This is my home, where I live with my family and where my children go to school. I’m passionate about the area and want it to be properly represented in Westminster.
“I understand how our city works and what it needs, and, with the strong team of Conservatives locally, will continue to work hard to secure a brighter future for Bristol North West and its people.”
Mark’s priorities include securing rail and transport investment, protecting and improving local parks and fighting plans by Labour Mayor Marvin Rees to cut funding for communities in North Bristol.
“I will continue my campaign to bring additional investment to Bristol’s rail infrastructure, pushing for the Henbury Loop with new stations in Lockleaze and Horfield,” said Mark, a father-of-two who lives with his family in North Bristol.
“We need to improve our local parks and fight proposals that would damage their use, such as the introduction of parking charges at Blaise.
“I also oppose the overdevelopment of Filton Airfield and will campaign to keep our services and facilities open in North Bristol in the face of the Labour Mayor’s cuts.”
Charles Lucas, chairman of Bristol and South Gloucestershire Conservative Federation, said: “We had a strong field of candidates and Mark stood out with his passion and commitment to the area.
“He has an excellent track record as a councillor and Conservative Group leader, is a tremendous campaigner and will stand up for the people of Bristol North West.
“We need to win the Parliamentary seat from Labour and will work closely with Mark to achieve this.”