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Candidates for West of England Mayor unveiled

On May 4, voters in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset are due to choose the new post, known as a Metro Mayor. Credit: ITV News

The names of the six candidates standing in the first West of England Combined Authority Mayoral election have been published.

  • Tim Bowles – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • Aaron Foot – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Darren Hall – Green Party
  • Lesley Mansell – Labour and Co-operative Party
  • John Savage – Independent
  • Stephen Williams – Liberal Democrats
The six candidates for the post of Mayor for the West of England Credit: ITV News

Registered voters in Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol will have their say on Thursday 4 May on who becomes the first Mayor for the West of England Combined Authority.

North Somerset voted against being included in the combined authority.

Only those registered to vote will be able to have their say in this election and the deadline to register is midnight on Thursday 13 April.

It takes a few minutes to register to vote online. You just need your national insurance number, click on the link below and then follow the instructions on screen.

A Mayoral Election booklet will be sent out to people on the electoral roll from mid-April. It includes information about the election and a campaign statement from those candidates who wished to be included.

Why do we need a West of England mayor?

National Government has devolved power to the West of England in a deal worth £1 billion. The region will be given the ability to make decisions about planning for the region.

This includes where new homes are to be built and investment in new support services, adult education and skills, employment and transport.

The new post of West of England mayor, commonly called a Metro Mayor, will oversee these decisions.

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