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Marvin Rees officially takes over as Bristol Mayor

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to congratulate Marvin Rees in person Photo: ITV News

It was an historic moment as Labour's Marvin Rees was sworn in as Bristol's new elected mayor. He promptly made the first promise of his new job: "Under my leadership, I want to set up a city office in which I hope you will all play a full part. It's here that your expertise and priorities can come together to deliver the city we all want and need."

The ceremony concluded a weekend of results which saw Labour take control of the city council for the first time in 13 years.

George Ferguson handed the reigns to Marvin Rees and said he was quitting politics Credit: ITV News

Mr Rees' victory, over two rounds, overturned the result of the only previous contest in 2012. The man who won then, the independent George Ferguson, said he was now quitting politics after a turbulent time in office:

"As an architect I would say we built some good foundations. I look forward to seeing how you build on those foundations, but it's your job now. This is the end of politics for me."

Mr Ferguson, famous for his red trousers, made an immediate mark by changing the name of council headquarters to City Hall, and vigorously championed the new Arena and Metrobus schemes. But he also pressed ahead with unpopular policies like 20 mile an hour speed limits and residents' parking zones.

Labour was able to use all-out council elections to underpin Mr Rees's campaign, and leader Jeremy Corbyn came to congratulate him in person, Mr Corbyn told ITV News: "Marvin has an ability to unite the city, he has good vision about the city but above all he has this human spirit which brings people together."

Marvin Rees grew up in Lawrence Weston in north west Bristol Credit: ITV News

Mr Rees, who's of mixed heritage, grew up in a deprived part of Bristol. His election was a proud moment for his mum, Janet:

"Lawrence Weston, it wasn't the ideal place to live when he was small. There weren't many people of colour out there for one. Two, I was on social security at the time, and on my own with him, and we didn't have things like phones or a car, and so I felt quite isolated."

Mr Rees told ITV News that growing up in Lawrence Weston, he never imagined he would one day be Mayor: