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Jeremy Corbyn Launches Lesley Mansell Campaign for West of England Metro Mayor

Jeremy CorbynThe Labour leader called into Bristol North West where he will meet local members and activists.

Lesley Mansell said: “I’m delighted Jeremy came to Bristol to support my campaign. We share a passion for social justice and equality – two messages at the very core of my manifesto.

“The Metro Mayor is a new role and a chance to change the way things are done. It’s an opportunity for us to tackle the inequalities of our housing market, the insecurity of our jobs market and to end the frustrations of our journeys across Bristol.”

An experienced negotiator, the NHS manager has the qualities required to bring together the leaders of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire, uniting them in a common aim.

Her first priority is to address the region’s housing problems.

“I want to see more social and affordable housing being built, focusing on the areas of greatest need,” she said.

“Getting homes built is essential for the region’s economy and, with better planning and contracts, new housing developments will also deliver apprenticeships and employment.

“We have already seen in Bristol what can be done when there is the will to build houses. I will work closely with Marvin Rees to replicate Labour’s success in Bristol across the rest of the region.”

Her other key policy areas are transport, jobs, skills, the economy and the environment.

“The West of England is an inspiring place to live and work,” she said. “My vision is to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to share in our region’s successes.”

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