Welcome from Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West
Welcome, and thank you for choosing to study in Bristol.
As the Member of Parliament for Bristol West, I want you to know you’re valued and appreciated by this city and I’m so pleased you’re here. The University is a real source of pride for me – and everyone who works and studies there helps to make Bristol dynamic and prosperous. I’m committed to standing up for you and your contribution to Bristol, and to promoting the value of education and research.
Bristol buzzes with activity and activism, fun and festivals, street art and street food. The vibrancy of my constituency is palpable in business and enterprise, in creativity and the arts. I know you’ll enjoy your time here.
There are also problems, of course. Inequality, rising child poverty in some areas, air pollution, a chronic housing shortage, for example. It’s part of my role as MP to help to sort these problems out. But this is something you could help with too. The Students’ Union award-winning volunteering group offers excellent opportunities, and it would be great to see several of you get involved with various community projects across the city.
If you live in my Bristol West constituency and need to get in touch, to raise a concern or ask for advice, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone my office on 0117 379 0980.