Social care, housing and Gaza all on voters minds in Bristol Central


The war in Gaza, the national debt and social care are just some of the issues people in Bristol Central feel are being overlooked.

On the day before polling day, Bristol Live was in College Green, part of the Bristol Central constituency, asking residents about important issues they felt had been overlooked by political parties during the election campaign.

One person expressed frustration, stating: "Whatever political party we choose, our country is hellbent on destroying and causing wars all over the world continually." Another interviewee felt the younger generation had 'been left on the side'.

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One man believed the national debt was the critical issue needing attention. He said: "No-one is giving a clear economic plan," and added, "they all committed to not raising taxes, but the predictions are either we’ve got to raise taxes or we’ve got to go into more debt. You cannot have public services funded unless you raise taxes or increase the debt."

Another voter stressed the need for more discussion on resolving the social care problem. They said: "Every single person in Great Britain will need social care at some point in their life."

This participant also believed the environment was not receiving sufficient attention from political parties, a sentiment echoed by other interviewees.

Palestine was another issue that people in Bristol Central felt was not being discussed enough. And an anonymous interviewee highlighted housing as a major concern in Bristol, calling for more social housing.

Finally, Pastor Segun Sanusi emphasised the importance of addressing immigration and, in the middle of the interview, he sang a song about the need for global cooperation to solve issues like immigration holistically.

The race to become Bristol Central’s MP is seen by commentators as a particularly interesting one as Green Party Co-Leader is ahead in most opinion polls of incumbent Shadow Secretary of Sports and Culture Thangam Debbonaire. The seat will also see candidates Samuel Williams (Conservative), Nicholas Coombes ( Liberal Democrats ), Kellie Jay-Keen (Party of Women), and Robert Clarke (Reform UK) compete.