10 Jun 2014 - Lib Dems choose local councillor to contend Bristol South again

Bristol South Liberal Democrats have chosen local councillor Dr Mark Wright as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to fight the constituency again at the next general election.

Dr Wright contested Bristol South for the Liberal Democrats at the 2010 General Election, helping the Lib Dems in Bristol South to their best ever result in the General election and turning the formerly "safe" Labour seat into a "marginal."

He was born in Southmead hospital in 1974 and grew up in Hartcliffe. He went to Bristol University to study, obtaining a first-class degree in Chemistry and then a prizewinning PhD in Astrophysics, and is a computer programmer. He now lives in Windmill Hill and is married to fellow Bristolian, Lena.

Dr Wright has been a councillor since May 2005, and was re-elected in 2009 and again in 2013. He was the cabinet member responsible for Housing, Service Improvement and IT in Bristol Council from 2009-2010 and looked after a budget of over £100 million. From 2010-2011 he was the Cabinet Member for Efficiency and Value for Money, and IT.

In his housing role he initiated the first council house building program in Bristol for nearly 30 years and launched a drive to get empty homes in the city back into use. Under his IT remit he also tightened the Council's rules on "RIPA" authorisations to limit council "snooping" on residents, launched a drive within the Council to use more Open Source software and took that support of Open Source software right to the top of government.

Dr Wright commented: "I feel very proud to have been chosen again to contest Bristol South. Our area has not been able to fulfil its potential in many ways; so over the coming months and years I will continue to raise issues and campaign on causes that will help release that potential. The south Bristol cause is personal for me, and I'm in it for the long haul - as I said back in 2007 when I was first selected for this role."