“If everyone who says politics is not for them doesn’t run, it becomes stagnant, and more people become alienated. We need people who say it’s not for them to get elected; that makes politics dynamic and diverse.” Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor, in The Guardian, Oct 2016.
It’s quite a challenge these days to think of ‘politics’ in a positive and hopeful light - too many of us are turned off or switch off when faced with what can seem scary, impenetrable, boring or irrelevant. So at PUF we offered the chance for you to come and meet two inspiring Bristol women:
Marvin Rees’ Deputy Mayor, Estella Tincknell, spoke with us about how she became active politically and why she believes politics should engage and empower us all. It was an interesting, insightful and very personal account of what it means to be Deputy Mayor.
We also were lucky enough to have Fishponds teenager Hannah Hier. Hannah is East Bristol’s representative on the Bristol City Youth Council: she also talked about how she got involved, what she stands for and what she hopes to achieve. Young women like Hannah mean there’s a lot to be hopeful about!