Marvin Rees has told ITV News West Country he's "surprised and concerned" by the Brexit vote but pledged that Bristol will 'meet the challenge' it now faces.
Bristol's Mayor has called an emergency meeting today with leaders on business, education and unions to form a response but said he was proud that the city voted to remain.
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We're at the centre of international trade and we will continue to look outward to Europe and the world.
He also responded to rumours of a vote in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by giving him his full support while expressing surprise at Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to resign immediately.
Bristol's new mayor Marvin Rees has re-stated his pledge to tackle inequality in the city. In his maiden speech at City Hall this afternoon the Labour mayor said a quarter of children in Bristol lived in poverty and the cost of housing was having a big impact on working people. Mr Rees said there would be no new Residents' Parking Zones unless communities specifically wanted them. He said the cost of parking permits in existing RPZs would be frozen until 2020. And Blue Badge holders would not be penalised for parking in RPZs.
"When I took office three weeks ago, I said I would bring in a different tone of leadership. I will seek the views and opinions of all, and those views will not only be sought, but listened to, and valued. "As councillors I invite you, irrespective of your personal party allegiance, to work with me. "I want you to be empowered in your communities so that we in Bristol can be a beacon of participatory democracy, where everyone has a stake and where no one gets left behind."
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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.
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.