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Conservatives select their candidate for Bristol mayor

Clifton Councillor Charles Lucas will stand as the Conservative mayoral candidate Credit: Charles Lucas

Charles Lucas has become the third person of the main political parties to put his name into the hat to run for Bristol Mayor.

The Clifton councillor was selected by the Conservatives in an open primary election, beating GP surgery manager Steve Smith.

Members of the public, of any political affiliation, were invited to register for the event and cast their vote, while the shortlist was decided by the local Bristol and South Gloucester Conservative party.

He now joins Marvin Rees, selected by Labour, and Kay Barnard, for the Liberal Democrats, and two other independents - John Langley and Laurence Duncan - who will run against George Ferguson when Bristolians go to the polls in May 2016.

Lib Dems announce candidate for Bristol Mayor

Dr Kay Barnard (left) has been announced as the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of Bristol. Credit: Bristol Lib Dems

Bristolians will be voting for their Mayor next year, and candidates are being selected.

The Liberal Democrats announced scientist and campaigner Dr Kay Barnard as their candidate last night, with Marvin Rees, who works in public health and was George Ferguson's closest rival in the previous mayoral contest, standing for Labour.

The Conservative Party will hold an open primary to elect theirs this evening. The contest is between city councillor Charles Lucas and Steve Smith.

Current mayor George Ferguson, an independent, will be re-standing.


Marvin Rees is Labour's candidate for Bristol mayor

Credit: ITV News

Marvin Rees will again be battling George Ferguson in next year's election for Bristol mayor.

Working in public health, Mr Rees ran against George Ferguson in 2012 - and was the current mayor's closest rival, losing by 5% of the vote.

He beat Labour Councillor Mark Bradshaw to the nomination - who was fired from the mayor's cabinet in June. after George Ferguson accused him of playing 'party politics'.

Bristolians will go to the polls to choose their mayor in May 2016.

Marvin Rees was George Ferguson's closest rival in Bristol's last mayoral election. Credit: ITV News

“I am thrilled to be selected by my friends and peers in the Labour Party as their candidate to be Bristol Mayor, and I would like to thank Mark for a great campaign.

I am passionate about standing up and fighting for the people of Bristol and the things I know we need for this city to thrive. We need to do a different style of politics and to put people’s needs first and foremost in everything we do."

– Marvin Rees, Labour’s candidate for Bristol Mayor

Labour candidates for Mayor go head-to-head

Marvyn Rees at Bristol's first mayoral election, which was won by George Ferguson Credit: ITV News

Two Labour candidates will go head-to-head this evening as they bid to become the next Mayor of Bristol.

Councillor Mark Bradshaw is hoping to be selected for the mayoral race Credit: ITV News

Councillor Mark Bradshaw and Marvin Rees will address potential voters at Temple Meads station. Labour members will be able to vote in August on who they want to represent their party at next year's Mayoral election.

Mayor backs extension of Make Sunday Special

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson says he wants to see the popular Make Sunday Special scheme extended to other parts of the city. At present part of the city centre is closed to traffic once a month to host entertainment and boost trade

Mayor Ferguson says "no tanks" to parking protesters

Campaigners fighting plans for new residents-only parking zones around Bristol drove a tank down one of the city's main streets tonight.

The protest was to highlight a petition expressing "no confidence" in Mayor George Ferguson's handling of the scheme.

Mayor Ferguson rejected the groups concerns, which he described as of "no consequence". The petition was debated in tonight's meeting of Full Council but no vote was made and the system is set to continue.

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