Following the fundraising appeal launched by HAWKS, the Hartcliffe And Withywood Kick Start project, a generous donation of £2,000 has been offered by the Cooperative Group. As Chair of HAWKS, I am fighting to keep this established, trusted community drug and alcohol support service going, to save jobs and vital services in south Bristol. HAWKS is also very…Read More...
The large number of nominations from across the Bristol South Labour Party membership plus all the affiliated organisations, Co-operative Party, CWU, the GMB, Unite and Usdaw, have seen me automatically shortlisted to go forward to the final hustings on Saturday 8 June.
Quotes in support of my campaign work and application to be Bristol South Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate re below and on the attached document: Endorsements from Bristol South Labour Party for Amanda Ramsay
‘Amanda has been out there campaigning, talking to voters and trying to make a difference for the people of Bristol since before this seat became available.
She is here to help because she cares about the people and she works hard to do so’
Gwyneth Brain, Hengrove Labour member
‘I’ve known Amanda for over 20 years and she has always been passionate about social justice and opportunity for all.
I know she’ll continue to work tirelessly to ensure the voice of the many can be heard in the creation of a better and fairer city and country in which to live’
Ian Penman, Labour Party member in Bedminster, lecturer
‘Labour needs fresh ideas to win the next general election. We need MPs that combine grassroots connections with an understanding of the national and global issues that affect us all.
Amanda does understand and already makes real contributions to our community, particularly through her work to save the HAWKS project in Hartcliffe and Withywood. With her portfolio of local and national experience and her track record of campaigning, Amanda will be a hardworking candidate and an excellent local MP’
Robert Massey, Southville member and former Councillor
‘I am pleased to take this opportunity endorse Amanda Ramsay as Labour Parliamentary Candidate for the Bristol South Constituency. Amanda is an energetic campaigner for the Labour Party who has worked hard in Bristol South and who lives in Bristol South but who has also worked to get Labour councillors elected all over Bristol.
I am impressed by her wide ranging experience, not just of political life but of life in the real world. Too many people go into Parliament who have never done any other type of work. I want the next MP for Bristol South to be someone with real life experience and Amanda Ramsay fits the bill’
Councillor Mark Brain (Hartcliffe Ward) and Hengrove resident
‘As an elector in the constituency, I am glad to support the Co-operative Party endorsement of Amanda’s wish to be the Labour-Co-operative candidate in Bristol South.
She has impressed me enormously by the work and effort she is already putting in on behalf of the citizens of Bristol and I have no doubt that she would be one of the most hard working MPs in the next parliament’
Frank Jones, Knowle Labour Party and Bristol Co-operative Party
‘I joined Bristol South Labour Party because I met Amanda and was impressed by her commitment to the issues that matter to me most, giving young people a voice and caring about our employment opportunities and housing needs’
Nathan Perlini, Bishopsworth ward
‘I have known Amanda for over 30 years – she’s my sister – and she has drive and determination in abundance. I know she will strive to give the people of Bristol a strong voice in Westminster and in our constituency’
Emma Penman, Labour Party member Bedminster, life-long learning
‘Amanda has taken the trouble to find out about local neighbourhood issues and she lives right here in South Bristol, which I believe is important.
Her upfront passion and readiness to take action, promotional skills, understanding and use of social media, are all what’s needed in contemporary politics’
Stef Brammar, Bedminster member
‘Living in south Bristol myself, it’s always good to know that there is such a dedicated and passionate individual that is willing to spend their time fighting for improvement on all levels. I feel confident that if a concern is raised by the local community, it will be tackled wholeheartedly by Amanda’
Rivka Keller, single mum and bank worker, Southville member
‘This selection is about getting the best MP for our area and Amanda Ramsay is the one I trust to represent working people, as well as industrial issues and community politics in Bristol South and in Parliament’
David Wilshire, Filwood member
‘We need someone strong like Dawn. I’ve met Amanda and she seems very dedicated and a hard worker and I think she’ll be a very good Member of Parliament for our constituency’
Clarence Jackson, Hartcliffe member
’I have only known Amanda Ramsay for a relatively short while, but I am impressed by her enthusiasm, dedication and boundless energy.
If selected, I am sure that she will prove to be a great asset for the constituency’
Alderman Royston Griffey, former Lord Mayor of Bristol and Councillor for Hartcliffe, Bishopsworth member
‘Amanda really has the drive and energy to get things done for the constituency, locally and in Westminster’
John Gibby, Southville Labour Party member and student
‘Amanda is a tireless campaigner and charity worker, who devotes her time to issues that affect the people of Bristol South, such as the impact of NHS reform and the affordability of public transport. Regular appearances on local and national media mean she already has the profile and credibility necessary to make the voices of her constituents heard’
Ben Mitchell, Knowle Labour Party member, blogger and language teacher
‘I am pleased to have met Amanda who understands both the local and national issues that I agree with. These include transport and inclusion issues around city diversity at the local level, along with issues ranging from her stances against NHS privatisation and negative views of benefit claimants, while providing a clear, constructive view on immigration and Europe at the national level.
That’s why I am backing her all the way and want to campaign with her to win for Labour’
Adam Cordingley, Labour Party member Bedminster, project manager – banking
‘I live near Amanda and I’m supporting her because she listens to local people like me.
Amanda cares about important Labour policies, like fair pay and a Living Wage’
Kevin Cosway, Labour Party member, Bedminster
‘Amanda is an energetic campaigner for improvements to public transport. I’ve been impressed by the work she has done to increase support for the new policies we need. Labour needs people this committed to the change we need to win again, and will deliver for us on the ground’
Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle MP
‘Good luck Amanda, I know you’ll make a fantastic MP’
Councillor Martin Whelton and Cabinet Member for Education
‘I’ve known Amanda for many years and she would make a strong MP. In Parliament, when with the trades unions, we took up the issue of fairer treatment of Agency Workers,
Amanda was fully involved and we changed the law for the better. I’m glad her political commitment still shines through’
Paul Farrelly MP
‘Amanda and I worked together on The Times at Westminster back in the 1990s. Amanda knows the national political scene back to front and combines her inside knowledge with a zeal for campaigning and a commitment to improving the lives of working people. She is a real asset to Bristol South’
Nick Wood, Public Relations Director and former Chief Political Correspondent of The Times
‘Amanda understands the importance of supporting local independent businesses.
I have always found Amanda to be a very genuine and approachable person and a strong member of the community’
Rebecca Rowe, independent business woman, Bedminster
‘I am delighted that the Co-operative Party both locally and nationally have endorsed Amanda to be an official Co-operative Party candidate for Bristol South. I have been impressed by how hard working she has been both in the community and in the Labour movement.
Amanda has the experience and skills to work for Co-operative solutions for our communities and to give Bristol and our movement a strong voice in parliament’
Simon Crew, Secretary of Bristol Co-operative Party
‘Amanda is a great community activist who really cares about the people and their issues.
With a proven track record of getting things done, Amanda will make a big difference to the lives of the Bristol South community both within the constituency and at a national level’
Brett Sparkes, South West Unite Community Coordinator
‘Huge thanks for your help in Henbury, especially getting up so early on Polling Day to be there at 6am to deliver the ‘Come out and Vote’ leaflets. You were terrific in providing unstinting support where and when it was needed’
Eileen Means, Labour candidate for Henbury in the 2013 Bristol City Council elections
‘Strongly loyal, always campaigning’
Dr Shibley Rahman, Labour activist
‘She doesn’t just talk the talk! Amanda has invested her time and energy in several projects for many years, she is passionate, committed and believes in community’
Yvonne Dillon, local mum and business woman, Southville
THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY WEBSITE
If you want to talk about joining the Labour Party and helping our campaign work in south Bristol please email me or find me on Twitter @AmandaRamsay - if you prefer the old fashioned face to face chat, I look forward to speaking to all members during the coming weeks of the selection campaign.
With many thanks for reading.
Amanda Ramsay - Bristol South Labour Party Member