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Conservatives select their candidate for Bristol mayor

Clifton Councillor Charles Lucas will stand as the Conservative mayoral candidate Credit: Charles Lucas

Charles Lucas has become the third person of the main political parties to put his name into the hat to run for Bristol Mayor.

The Clifton councillor was selected by the Conservatives in an open primary election, beating GP surgery manager Steve Smith.

Members of the public, of any political affiliation, were invited to register for the event and cast their vote, while the shortlist was decided by the local Bristol and South Gloucester Conservative party.

He now joins Marvin Rees, selected by Labour, and Kay Barnard, for the Liberal Democrats, and two other independents - John Langley and Laurence Duncan - who will run against George Ferguson when Bristolians go to the polls in May 2016.

Lib Dems announce candidate for Bristol Mayor

Dr Kay Barnard (left) has been announced as the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of Bristol. Credit: Bristol Lib Dems

Bristolians will be voting for their Mayor next year, and candidates are being selected.

The Liberal Democrats announced scientist and campaigner Dr Kay Barnard as their candidate last night, with Marvin Rees, who works in public health and was George Ferguson's closest rival in the previous mayoral contest, standing for Labour.

The Conservative Party will hold an open primary to elect theirs this evening. The contest is between city councillor Charles Lucas and Steve Smith.

Current mayor George Ferguson, an independent, will be re-standing.

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