Giant of Bristol’s political scene dies at the age of 83

A leading figure on Bristol’s political scene has died at the age of 83.

Peter Abraham served on the city council for 55 years and was a key figure for the local Conservative Party,

He was first elected to Bristol City Council in 1966 for the Stockwood ward and took the decision to step back from politics in 2021.

He was Lord Mayor three times and was elected as an Alderman of the city in 2021.

Away from politics Peter was a successful businessman and was married to Pearl.

The family were hit by tragedy in in 2009 when Peter’s son, Nicholas was killed in a traffic accident.

Close friend and fellow councillor Richard Eddy said his passing marks “the end of an era”.

He added: “Peter was diminutive in stature, but he was a giant. He was incredibly proud of Bristol, his home city – he one of the historic Bristolians.

“He had more energy and ideals than two people half his age.”

Conservative councillor for Henbury and Brentry, Mark Weston said Mr Abraham was “old hand” when he first came onto the council.

“He went through the ending of the Cold War, the Thatcher years and he saw through the prism of Bristol politics,” he said.

“The change that he’d seen through that period was phenomenal.

“That institutional memory he had, that will be missed.

“It was genuinely a life-time of service. An incredible achievement.”

Bristol Lord Mayor Paul Goggin said it was “very sad” news.

“My thoughts are with Peter’s family and friends at this difficult time,” he added.


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