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George Ferguson was today officially sworn in as the first elected Mayor of Bristol and soon after he was making policy changes. One of his first decisions was to scrap on-street parking charges on Sundays - introduced only three weeks ago.
He's also renamed the council headquarters City Hall - but with a growing budget deficit, there'll be much tougher decisions ahead. Watch our political correspondent Bob Constantine's report here.
Bristol's first elected mayor will be officially inaugurated this afternoon. George Ferguson will be sworn in during a ceremony at Temple Meads at two o'clock. Mr Ferguson beat the Labour candidate to second place in last Thursday's vote.
Bob Constantine reports on the race to become Bristol's first elected mayor. It was won by an independent candidate, local architect and champion of culture George Ferguson
Independent candidate George Ferguson has won the first ever Bristol Mayoral election. He beat off the challenge of Labour's Marvin Rees in the second round after also topping the first count. When second preference votes were declared, Mr Ferguson had won with 37,353 votes to Mr Rees' 31,259
Second round figures
George Ferguson 37,353
Marvin Rees 31,259
The Conservative Party candidate for Mayor, Geoff Gollop, has called the split in votes cast in the election 'strange'.
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