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Local Elections 2021

We’ve trawled through all the campaign literature so you don’t have to. Here are the candidates’ key policies on the most important issues facing the city.

Bristol goes to the polls

Everything you need to know about Bristol's four elections on 6 May

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Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with independent and smaller party Bristol Mayor candidates

A pub landlord, a socialist, a porn producer, an anti-lockdown advocate, and a tree lover: The five candidates from smaller parties or independents running for City Hall.

Labour Bristol Mayor candidate Marvin Rees, on his record, style and politics

ib Dem Bristol Mayor candidate Dr Caroline Gooch on scrapping the mayor and winning from the centre

Caroline Gooch is hoping for a dramatic improvement on the party’s 2016 result of 8,000 votes to clinch the mayoralty, and then work to scrap...

Green Party Bristol Mayor candidate Sandy Hore-Ruthven on the battle for the city's progressive voters

Sandy says he is the candidate to ‘get things done’ in the race for city hall’s top job

Conservative Bristol Mayor candidate Alastair Watson on law, order and scrapping the mayoral system

Its hard to say that the Conservatives have a strong electoral record in the city, but the businessman and former councillor Alastair Watson thinks he...

The race for city hall

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Local Elections 2021

Revealed: Pornographer mayoral candidate faces assault and 'pimping' allegation

The independent mayoral candidate denies the allegations made by a young woman in an exclusive interview with the Cable

Housing hustings underlines scale of crisis facing next Bristol mayor, leaving more questions than answers

What’s around the corner for Bristol’s transport?

Local Elections 2021

Analysis: How Mayoral candidates will need to battle for votes and look both ways as they race for City Hall

Hopefuls have the tricky task of appealing to a diverse electorate.

The battle to be your local councillor

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Greens and Labour are close in Windmill Hill, where climate, air pollution and housing are key concerns for locals

It’s likely to be a tight fight in Windmill Hill again, after Labour beat the Greens by just a few hundred votes last election.

‘If everything worked you could get rid of cars’: Travel is the election issue in Bishopston and Ashley Down

Bishopston and Ashley Down is currently split between the Green Party and Labour. The Greens want a Residents’ Parking Zone, while Labour are pushing for low-traffic neighbourhoods. These stances on cars, pollution and transport may swing the vote.

Green spaces a priority for voters in Horfield, where every vote could be crucial

Green spaces, litter and a community space are key issues in Horfield, where the Tories and Labour were neck and neck in the last council election.

'South Bristol's BS13 is stuck in a poverty trap. Let's end this scandal together.'

While affluent areas get more affluent, people in many parts of Bristol are left out. This needs to change, says head of social enterprise Heart of BS13, Georgina Perry.

In Southville, a U-turn on parking problems is shaking up the local election race

Residents in streets not covered by a residents’ parking zone have been campaigning without success to get it extended. Days before the election, Labour candidates are promising action from the council.

'Be open about developments': Housing could be the issue that sways the election in Lockleaze

Lockleaze has become the site of a wave of housing developments. Labour’s veteran councillors standing down, internal division and last-minute candidates could affect their chances of reelection, as other parties are ramping up their efforts.

Do we need local councillors at all?

The demise of the role of the councillor should be a hot topic at the moment, writes recently retired Green councillor Clive Stevens.

‘We just want to see change’: the Lawrence Hill residents feeling left behind by their councillors

Lawrence Hill is traditionally Labour but some residents are feeling let down by the current councillors. Can they hold onto Bristol's largest ward?

Labour infighting makes its path back to a Bristol council majority even harder

Will the turbulence of recent months affect the Labour's fortunes in Bristol in the upcoming elections and beyond?

WTF is WECA?

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Meet the candidates vying to be the next Mayor of the West of England

Thursday 6 May is election day. Here’s a quick guide to the role and candidates for Mayor for the West of England Combined Authority.

‘The new Bristol and WECA mayors need to prioritise walking and cycling’

Active travel has too long been neglected in conversations about transport, say members of Bristol Cycling Campaign and Bristol Walking Alliance.

Watch: WTF is the Metro Mayor and a green revolution?!

In this short documentary, the Cable unpacks what the Metro Mayor is ahead of the election and delves into the much touted 'Green Revolution'. Neil Maggs investigates on a day out in Avonmouth.

A green jobs revolution must go beyond construction and manufacturing

West of England metro mayor candidates are talking big on low-carbon employment in the Bristol region. Meeting the challenge of net-zero will mean not just meeting campaign promises but considering fairness, inclusion and how all our jobs can become greener.

‘The new WECA mayor has a big role to play in the response to the climate emergency’

As the four metro mayor candidates have all signed up to a pledge from Friends of the Earth to create an ambitious Climate Action Plan, campaigners are confident that there will be more done about the climate crisis than has been so far, whoever gets in.

'The new Bristol and WECA mayors will need to move fast to clean up Bristol's air'

The need for steps to be taken on our dangerously polluted air is clear, but change is slow to come, writes clean air campaigner Katrina Billings.

Police and Crime Commissioner

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Prominent advocate for racial justice speaks out ahead of crucial Police and Crime Commissioner election

Prominent advocate for racial justice, Desmond Brown, sets out what the police and next PCC must do to tackle racism, rebuild community trust, and support young people at risk of violent crime, and why you should vote.

‘Nowhere is action needed more than in Bristol’: calls for Avon and Somerset’s next police and crime commissioner to get tough on financial crime

A significant High Court judgment that brokers took bribes to push allegedly ruinous loans to farmers has fuelled campaigners’ demands for a change in approach to financial crime in our region.

Rising hate crime: A key concern for voters in PCC election

The Police and Crime Commissioner candidates are asked how they plan to reduce hate crime and rebuild trust among local communities

Local Elections 2021

‘Coronavirus showed us the reality and scale of poverty in our city’

Food poverty is going nowhere, but these pubs who've been providing support over the last year are running out of money for the scheme.

‘Give us a voice’: why some Bristol residents will be barred from voting this week

Will Bristol’s new clean air zone influence city centre voters at the polls?

What am I voting for on 6 May? Bristol's local elections explained

Bristol Citizens' Agenda: priorities for the local elections

‘We need a ‘Bristol Beacon’ in every community’

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People's History

Stokes Croft Riots: 10 years on

Key changes being made to the Stokes Croft Tesco in 2021 mean the story is as relevant, and murky, as it ever was, says Eliz Mizon. What led to the ‘Stokes Croft riots’ ten years ago?

Bristol to go even longer without mental health beds for children

‘Public toilet closures are not an inconvenience, they’re an equality issue’

The property boss behind empty buildings 'blighting' Bristol’s high streets

Raise a glass: Bristol's pubs have had a tough year in and out of lockdowns

Luke Naish’s family ‘still having to fight’ after ‘uncritical’ inquest into his death

Local Elections 2021

Wielding the strength of the union: ACORN Bristol’s demands

ACORN asked its members: What kind of city do you want to live in? The result was a long list of demands.

Retired riot cop breaks rank to say Police and Crime Bill must be stopped

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Coronavirus in Bristol

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Going behind the headlines on the biggest story of 2020.

Coronavirus in Bristol

The Bristol Briefing: Almost a third of Bristol adults given first Covid jab

The number of Covid patients in hospital has reached its lowest level since later October, as schools open on Monday in the first step in easing of restrictions.

Watch: Viral - What's causing mistrust in the Covid-19 vaccine?

Coronavirus in Bristol

The Bristol Briefing: Initial Covid-19 surge testing results 'very reassuring'

Bristol's infection rate and hospital admissions have continued to fall on the eve of the government announcement on our route out of lockdown next week.

Beloved Bristol brewery forced to ask for crowdfunding to stay afloat

Reports

Bristol parents say employers are wrongly classing them as keyworkers to get their kids into school

Physical attendance in schools is higher this lockdown, and parents say it's partly because they're being pressured by employers to send their children in.

Local delivery app launches to ‘save’ Bristol’s independent bars and restaurants

Bristol History Podcast

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Bristol History Podcast is dedicated to exploring various aspects of Bristol’s history, hosted by Tom Brothwell. Produced in partnership with the Bristol Cable since April 2018.

State Surveillance in Bristol and Beyond

This week I spoke with Colin Thomas and Tim Beasley of the Bristol Radical History Group to discuss the history of state surveillance in their...

The Bristol Blitz

2020 marked the eightieth anniversary of the Bristol Blitz, which saw 77 Nazi air raids on the city, with six major raids taking place in the winter of 1940-41. I spoke with Eugene Byrne of the Bristol Post to discuss the origins of the Blitz and how Bristolians coped with being bombed. We also e...

West Country Counterculture in the 1960s and 70s

Explore 'the artistic, radical and experimental communities that flourished at the time.'

Watch: Could Covid Kill Bristol Rovers?

Watch: "I SEE" a poem to inspire and outrage, by Solomon O.B

“This is a movement, not a moment” : Watch Solomon OB’s performance of his poem “I SEE” written in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer

Watch: Vulnerability, escapism and creativity, my experiences of lockdown as a young Bristolian

Lockdown left young people in the city feeling stranded, dislocated from their usual connections. Here, a young aspiring writer reflects on school, writing and the new sense of self-confidence that grew over those months