Bristol Unpacked

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The faults of the mayoral system, Labour's past failings, and the problematic Merchant Venturers

Season 5, Ep. 1


Karin Smyth became Labour MP for Bristol South in 2015 after a career working in the NHS. Since she has had to navigate the political turmoil of Brexit, snap elections, and infighting over the Labour leadership. She talks to Neil Maggs about her working-class background, why she thinks the mayoral system is undemocratic and why the influence of the Merchant Venturers should be limited.