The Labour Party candidate to become Bristol’s first elected mayor has urged voters to make their voices heard as he prepares to officially launch his campaign.
Marvin Rees said it was essential for his supporters to vote to ensure “the Tories do not sneak through the middle”.
Traditional Labour heartlands in south Bristol saw some of the lowest turnouts during May’s referendum, in contrast to Conservative areas in the north.
There are fears that a low turnout for Labour could scupper their chances of winning the first directly elected mayor vote, due on November 15.
Speaking ahead of the launch of his campaign, Mr Rees said he wanted to “make the change Bristol needs”, adding: “Only Labour values will work for Bristol in difficult times.”
“Everyone knows that Bristol needs change. This is a great city but we can do a lot more. We need change in a city with expensive and poorly-connected transport, an uncertain economic future, too few homes at affordable prices and too many people facing rip-off fees to rent, years of delay for our football stadiums and more action needed to help families struggling to make ends meet,” he said.
“Only Labour values will work for Bristol in difficult times. We can have more of the same, whether at the Council House or Downing Street, or we can put the majority first and start working towards a stronger economy that takes us forward together.
“It’s essential that everyone who cares about decent public services and a better Bristol votes on November 15 so that the Tories do not sneak through the middle.”
Last week, Mr Rees pledged to introduce a Living Wage for the lowest-paid council staff – making the minimum wage £7.20 an hour.
This was yesterday matched by the Green Party candidate Daniella Radice in her manifesto, but has been attacked by independent candidate George Ferguson who told Bristol24-7 was “easier said than implemented” and reflected a lack of “understanding of operating in the real world”.