West of England metro mayor candidates confirmed

Six candidates have been confirmed to be running for election on Thursday 4 May, hoping to become the West of England’s first ever metro mayor.

The ballot paper will feature candidates from Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP as well as an independent.

The post will see powers, including transport and investment, be devolved to the West of England Combined Authority.

The West of England Combined Authority consists of the local authorities of Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset (BANES).

Meet the candidates

Darren Hall (Green Party)Green

“If you think differently and you think positively, then you will consider voting for the Green party.”

Aaron Foot (UKIP)UKIP

“People elected for UKIP are able to stand up for their constituents free from the bounds of the party whip. My focus will be to deliver the peoples’ wishes.”

Stephen Williams (Liberal Democrats)Lib

“I’ll use the mandate this directly elected person has to deliver key manifesto policies, in particular to have a transport revolution.”

Lesley Mansell (Labour Party)Lab

“Research shows that the biggest driver to economic success is social well-being and that’s where my skills lie.”

John Savage (John Savage)Ind

“I would like to use the broad and long experience that I have in this service to further the service of all the people in this territory.”

Tim Bowles (Conservative Party)Cons

“A brilliant opportunity for us to make a real difference in the region, by driving the economy forward.”

What’s a metro mayor?

Bristol 24/7 hustings

Five of the six candidates attended a hustings hosted by Bristol 24/7 this week, as UKIP’s Aaron Foot was unable to attend.

It was streamed live on their Facebook page with the hopes of attracting younger voters’ attention.

If you missed it, you can view the event in its entirety below.


If you want to have your say, you must be registered to vote before Thursday 13 April.

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