Many congratulations to Green councillor for Clifton Down, Carla Denyer, who has been elected co-leader of the national Green Party, along with Adrian Ramsay.

It feels uplifting to have a local councillor recognised nationally, and given the chance to lead, especially after the negative and, frankly, and in my…


Martin Booth, editor of Bristol247, being detained by police officers, as depicted on a placard for a protest.

A letter in support of the police, during the Kill the Bill protests, purportedly by the ‘City Leaders’ group was organised by Bristol City Council’s City Office, a freedom of information request has revealed. …


Novers Hill from Google Maps

In response to a local campaign to save Novers Hill from housing plans by private developers and the council’s own housing company, cabinet member for housing, Tom Renhard, has pledged to carry out the ecological and arboriculture surveys again.

Renhard announced on Twitter that he has “asked for the ecological…


In a worrying turn of events, Bristol City Council’s data protection team ruled that once politicians are no longer in post, they are treated as private individuals and their information cannot be disclosed under a freedom of information act request.

I discovered this when I recently lodged an FOI request


Once a year, residents and journalists have a legal right to inspect a council’s accounts (with some exemptions for commercial confidentiality). Application should initially be made by email to budgets.and.accounting@bristol.gov.uk.

In Bristol, this period began on August 2nd and runs until September 13. …


Every month, the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, gets a report sent to his desk to tell him who on Twitter has been talking about him. The conversations are summarised in positive and negative bullet points below a list of Twitterers’ handles.

The latest public report from December 2019 told…


A top-hat wearing person, hanging down from an air-ship hot-air balloon, is pointing out a new direction through the clouds.

The Bristol Green Party have enough councillors in this new term of office that they can appoint a shadow cabinet to mirror Labour’s. …


Available in audio at the following link: https://anchor.fm/joanna-booth/episodes/A-Timeline-Of-The-Plague-Year-euuu0r

On March 23, 2020, the day that lockdown was announced, I was so nervous paying for my shopping at the supermarket that I forgot my PIN. There was a queue behind me, no masks, no separations from the till, just uncertainty. …


Even before the “anti-woke” GB News channel began its first broadcast, the campaign group Stop Funding Hate had started a boycott. As the first shows began to air, the outrage started to grow on Twitter and the calls for boycotting advertisers increased. …


It’s been a year since Colston’s Floating Harbour splash made ripples around the world. The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, saw his popularity rise astronomically with media outside Bristol. A documentary called Statue Wars featuring him about Colston’s toppling is premiering on 10 June 2021.

A year ago, in June…

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