News: Don’t miss Bristol24/7’s metro mayor hustings
You can quiz the six metro mayor candidates and talk about issues that really matter at a hustings hosted by Bristol24/7 on Facebook Live at 2pm on Thursday, April 6.
The city goes to the polls on May 4, to elect a new mayor for the West of England and names of the six hopefuls have now been formally announced.
The winning candidate will preside over new spending powers for transport, housing and education for the Greater Bristol area, which includes Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils.
All three councils voted to adopt a new mayor to establish the West of England Combined Authority.
The six confirmed candidates are as follows:
Darren Hall, Green
Hall managed Bristol’s Green Capital partnership, and was the Green parliamentary candidate for Bristol West in 2015.
John Savage, Independent
Dr Savage is a former High Sheriff of Bristol, and is running as an independent candidate.
Lesley Mansell, Labour
The Radstock-based parish councillor works as an NHS equality and diversity manager.
Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat
Williams was MP for Bristol West from 2005 to 2015.
Tim Bowles, Conservative
Bowles is a councillor in Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire.
Aaron Warren Foot, UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Foot ran as a candidate in last year’s Police and Crime Commissioner election.
Only those registered to vote will be able to have their say in the upcoming election and the deadline to register passes at midnight on Thursday, April 13.
Register online with your national insurance number and follow the on-screen instructions.
Readers of Bristol24/7 have the chance to participate in our metro mayor hustings, which will be broadcast on Facebook Live from 2-3pm on Thursday April 6 via www.facebook.com/bristol247
Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or join the debate live by leaving a comment on our Facebook page.
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