First day for Bristol's new mayor

Bristol's first directly elected Mayor has spent his first day viewing work by local artists in Totterdown.

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Bristol elected mayor: final day of campaigning

It's the final day of campaigning for the Bristol mayor canididates Credit: ITV West

It's been the final day of campaigning for candidates in two new jobs.

Tomorrow [Thursday] sees voting for Bristol's elected mayor, and for Police and Crime Commissioners in each of the region's police forces. Polling stations will be open from 7a.m. until 10p.m.

Counting takes place on Friday except for the PCC in Wiltshire, which happens overnight.

Final preparations for Bristol's mayoral elections

Final preparations are under way for what's been called Bristol's biggest vote, now just two days away.

That's when more than 300,000 people in the city get the chance to choose their first directly-elected mayor. At the same time there are nationwide elections for Police and Crime commissioners as well.

The contest to be Bristol's equivalent of Boris Johnson in London has attracted 15 candidates - but it's still unclear whether that will lead to a big turnout. Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

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Mayoral candidate wants to tackle inequality in Bristol

Geoff Gollop was Lord Mayor last year and hopes to become elected mayor of Bristol Credit: ITV West

Senior Councillor Geoff Gollop has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Bristol's elected mayor. Voting will take place on 15th November. He sees education and transport as two major issues but also wants to tackle inequality.

"I'm going to confront a key issue which I believe is inequality in the city. It is quite outrageous that we have areas of the most deprived areas of the country adjacent to some of the wealthiest areas in the country. Bristol can only grow and prosper if we actually confront that".

Former journalist selected as mayoral candidate

A former journalist has been selected as the Labour candidate for an elected mayor in Bristol. Marvin Rees currently runs a health and equalities campaign for the NHS.

Marvin Rees
Marvin Rees was born in Bristol and went to Yale Credit: ITV West

Mr Rees won the nomination against four other candidates including former MP Dan Norris and city council leader Peter Hammond. The vote for the mayor will take place in November.

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