||Statesman and political philosopher Edmund
Burke (1729-1797) was MP for Bristol from 1774 to 1780. Burke
did not live in Bristol and rarely visited the city – one of
the causes of complaint by locals who wanted him to concentrate
his efforts on Bristol rather than national issues.
Edmund Burke (detail from Some
Who Have Made Bristol Famous).
for relaxing restrictions on Irish trade to the colonies was
seen as a threat to Bristol's own colonial interests, his support
of Catholic emancipation was poorly received by his predominantly
Protestant constituents and his campaign against slavery a
serious challenge to Bristol's profitable connection with the
trade. He was an outsider who retrospectively has been claimed
by the city as an example of its liberal aspirations but at
the time was deemed to have failed in his duty to the Bristol
Others associated with politics and Bristol include:
(1739-1827), New York-born merchant and radical politician who
was MP for Bristol.
Rammohun Roy by H P Briggs, 1832 (Bristol's
Museums, Galleries and Archives).
Rajah Rammohun Roy (c 1772-1833), Indian political and religious thinker who
died in Bristol during a visit to city.
John Frost (1784-1877), Chartist who worked as draper in Bristol.
Samuel Morley (1809-86), businessman, philanthropist and Bristol
Mary Clifford (1842-1919), founder of the National Union of Women
Helena Born (1860-1901), trade unionist.
Ben Tillett (1860-1943), trade unionist and politician.
Emmeline Pethick Lawrence (1867-1954), President of the Women's
Norah Cooke-Hurle (1871-1960), Somerset's first female councillor
Ernest Bevin (1881-1951), trade unionist and politician who played
major part in creation of the Transport and General Workers'
Florence Brown (1899-1981), Bristol's first female Lord Mayor.
Miriam Daniell (died 1894), trade unionist.
Lilian M Pheysey (died 1940), Bristol's first female Alderman.
Annie Kenney (1879-1953), political activist
Theresa Garnett (1888-1966), suffragette, imprisoned for hitting
Winston Churchill at Temple Meads.
Sir Richard Stafford Cripps (1889-1952), Labour MP and lawyer.
Dame Florence Hancock (1893-1974), President of the Trades Union
Jessie Stephens (1893-1979), trade unionist.
Marge Evans (1905-96), political activist.
||Paul Boateng, politician and
Paul Boateng, © Crown
Dawn Primarolo, Bristol South MP, and Minister for Public Health.
Paul Stephenson, leader of the Bristol bus boycott of the early