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Welcome to my website!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. Since first being elected as Bristol West's Lib Dem MP in May 2005, I have been kept busier than I ever believed possible.

I've spoken to many constituents in my weekly surgeries - covering every possible subject, from dentistry to shops on Gloucester Road!

I have met countless community groups and local organisations, along with public service chiefs and business leaders. I always thought I knew Bristol well, having lived here for 20 years - but you'd be amazed what more there is to learn.

It was an honour to have been re-elected as the MP for Bristol West, especially with an increased majority. I am grateful to everyone who voted for me on May 6th and I am looking forward to continuing to work hard for Bristol West and representing you in Parliament.

This website contains a lot more information about my work, both in Bristol and in Parliament, the campaigns I am involved in, as well as wider news from the Liberal Democrats across Bristol West. It also allows you to:

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  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of unemployment claimants in Bristol West is now at 3,041, a fall of 986 claimants compared to March last year.

    The figures show that more people are in work than ever before with levels of employment up to 30.4million. Unemployment has fallen across the country by 77,000 in the three months to February 2014 to a rate of 6.9 percent - the lowest level in five years. Wages are also growing faster than inflation.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    A new rail station at the Portway park-and-ride site at Avonmouth has been held up - because Bristol's elected Mayor has done nothing about it in his 17 months in power.

    Bristol Liberal Democrats are demanding to know why a scheme which at that time was just a year away from completion has effectively been shunted into the sidings.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Bristol West MP Stephen Williams has visited the Carillion Training Centre in his constituency and congratulated the apprentices on their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for learning and developing new skills. During the visit Mr Williams also presented Bristol Centre's Apprentice of the Year award to Rob Baldwin from Mangotsfield.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams, has welcomed the £342,924 of government funding allocated to Bristol City Council to help repair local roads damaged by the recent severe weather.

    The Coalition Government has allocated £183.5 million into tackling potholes caused by the bad weather. The cash is being made available to councils as an emergency payment and will pay for the repair of over three million potholes across the UK.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2014

    Communities Minister and Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams, has worked with Lib Dem colleague Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, to ensure that Bristol will receive £7.3 million as part of the Green Deal Communities Programme.

    Local authorities across the country are set to gain a total of £86 million as part of the Green Deal Communities programme.It is aimed at taking a street by street approach to household energy efficiency so that approaches can be tailored to the needs of the local community. This will help to maximise the delivery of Green Deal Plans across whole communities and streets.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2014

    Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams has joined up with the mayor, police and the other MPs for Bristol to launch a pioneering new programme for Bristol schools, which aims to reduce the shocking numbers of girls and women suffering domestic and sexual abuse each year.

    The Bristol Ideal is a list of standards for schools that will make a real impact on promoting healthy relationships and tackling domestic and sexual violence. The project will provide teachers with lesson plans, guidance and support, leading to relationships and sex education lessons for every year part of the school curriculum. The project is part of the city's strategy for ending violence and abuse and will cover domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking, sexual violence and sexual harassment.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2014

    The first ever debate between two party leaders on whether we should be IN or OUT of Europe will take place on LBC radio tonight from 7-8pm.

    A few weeks ago Nick Clegg challenged Nigel Farage to a head-to-head debate on Britain's membership of the European Union. Nigel Farage accepted the challenge the following day.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2014

    A major childcare package is set to help 12,660 parents in Bristol according to Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams.

    Working families will be given up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015.

    The Government has said it will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2014

    The Budget has confirmed victory for the Liberal Democrats in our campaign to deliver an £800 tax cut for people on low and middle incomes.

    Cutting income tax by £700 - by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 - was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. That comes into effect next month and the Budget today has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats have now been able to go even further. The tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25 million working people since 2010.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2014

    The article below was originally posted on the blogging site, Liberal Democrat Voice, on 11th March:

    When the Liberal Democrats entered government in 2010, it was clear we had inherited a housing crisis. House prices and private sector rents were becoming more and more unaffordable. House building had slowed to its lowest level since the 1920s and social housing waiting lists had soared to 1.7 million households. Added to that, successive governments had also let the social housing stock wither on the vine, with 1.5 million homes lost by Labour and Conservative governments alike since 1979.

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