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'.
George Ferguson (Independent) 31,321
Marvin Rees(Labour) 25,896
Geoff Gollop (Con) 8,136
John Rogers (Lib Dem) 6,202
Daniella Radice (Green) 5,246
The second preference votes for George Ferguson and Marvin Rees will now be counted.
The Independent candidate George Ferguson topped the first round of the count for the Bristol Mayoral election, ahead of Labour's Marvin Rees and Geoff Gollop (Conservative). John Rogers for the Liberal Democrats was fourth with Daniella Radice (Green) in fifth place
Those living in Bristol will also have the option of voting for the person they want to become the city's first elected Mayor. There are fifteen candidates to choose from. Polls close at ten o'clock tonight except in Wiltshire where counting won't begin until tomorrow.