Following the result of the May 2nd elections we have been asked for our reaction to the fact the no BIG councillors were elected.
Naturally we are disappointed. However we are heartened that many of you did vote for us, and we’d like to thank you for the trust you placed in us by doing so.
We’d also like to thank our candidates, administrative team and supporters who worked tirelessly and with extraordinary determination to carry our message to the electorate.
While offering no excuses for our failure to win seats, we have to recognise that we are a brand new group, that we’re up against well-established and well-funded national parties, and we have a political climate in which Brexit overshadows local concerns.
While taking time to reflect on the results and plan our future strategy, we’d like everyone to be in no doubt that we are in this for the long term. We passionately believe that party politics at local level is not a constructive model for creating the kind of collaborative, vibrant city and region we would like to see here.
Nationally, independents did really well, and locally we're surrounded by positive examples in Bradford, Wells, Minehead, Portishead and of course Frome. We believe the independent movement offers the best prospects for reviving municipal pride and bringing about positive change for the benefit of all.
In the meantime we wish the new Lib Dem-controlled council well. The Lib Dems have asked the electorate to Demand Better. We intend to do so, and we look forward to seeing them deliver on their many promises.