By-election date set after Clare steps down for health reasons

April 30 2018

Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze councillor Clare Campion-Smith, unexpectedly resigned her post in early April, citing health concerns.

Clare, who was first elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor nearly 12 years ago, held the post of Lord Mayor in 2015/16 and has served in cabinet for two administrations. 

In her time as councillor, the former maths teacher was the cabinet member for Children’s Services and was instrumental in creating 10,000 new primary school places in the city.

Ms Campion-Smith said: “It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Henleaze – and later Westbury – as their councillor.

“I also had the great pleasure of being the city’s Lord Mayor and of twice being in the city council cabinet.

“It is with some sadness that I’ve handed in my resignation as a councillor.

“I have been diagnosed with a lung condition which is not life-threatening but I wish to have more personal time to keep myself well. The last two winters have been a bit of a struggle.

“I was fully behind the second bid and successful bid to become European Green Capital and felt doubly delighted when my year as Lord Mayor covered half of the Green Capital year.

“At the local level, it gives me great pleasure to see the changes to Old Quarry Park and see Fallodon Way Playpark full of children and know that we achieved that working with the Henleaze Society.

“I have been proud to represent Henleaze and Westbury, sad to step down but recognise that now is the right time. Thank you to the electors for twelve privileged years (very occasionally traumatic!) in which to serve Bristol.”