MASSIVE ATTACK’S 3D & Daddy G BACK GEORGE FERGUSON FOR BRISTOL MAYOR
Two of Bristol’s most influential musicians, Robert Del Naja, or 3D, and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall from Massive Attack are backing George Ferguson to be Bristol’s first elected Mayor.
Robert Del Naja said: “We’re backing George. Having an independent at the helm will allow Bristol to benefit from the widest range of talent. More people will have their say and the city will be open to more opportunities.
“It’s about running the city beyond just a political agenda. It’s not just about managing budgets and balancing the books. It’s about imagination. We need a mayor that will bring projects with major appeal to Bristol. Sound, viable projects that are vibrant and really capture the imagination and put Bristol on the map.
“We need to look at what’s been achieved in Manchester. They’ve invested heavily in the arts, and it’s brought back huge economic benefits for the city. We need to explore creative ways to bring investment to Bristol.
“George is the man that will do this. A party simply candidate won’t do it, they won’t look beyond running the council operations.”
George Ferguson said: “Receiving support from Rob and Grant is great. I want to work with them and others from Bristol’s music scene to make sure we are pre-eminent on the national and international stage. This means developing talent and opportunity across the city.
“I am truly inspired by the great range of people that have given me messages of support over the past few days.
“The warmth and backing that I have from people from different communities right across the city is proof that they see this as something refreshing and don’t want more of the same. However I can’t over emphasise how important this election is going to be and what is at stake for our city.
“The choice for Bristol on Thursday is clear. If we don’t take this one opportunity to make a bold, independent decision, there is the very real danger that the Labour party will bind Bristol, not only with their own cabinet and central party control but also with apparatchiks in all the top Council posts, where there are several vacancies. It would stack the deck for a generation.
“There is an alternative. I will base my cabinet on talent – not on party membership. I want to govern this city for all the people that live here. I will be your mayor, not a party mayor. I will always put Bristol interests first.”