The city’s Labour administration says this referendum is an expensive distraction from the big issues the city faces. But have they brought it upon themselves? Opponents say the referendum is due to failure to engage with opposition councillors and a tendency to handpick who is involved in city governance, including too much influence of business.
Ellie King, Labour’s cabinet member for Public Health and Communities says that the current mayoral model has delivered for the city in a way that the alternative committee system never could through clear leadership of the city as a whole. Listen in with Neil to find out from a leading voice in the pro-mayoral camp.
This week in Bristol: Mayor’s first State of the City Address since Bristol voted to scrap his role
Marvin Rees says the city still faces huge challenges, from the climate to inflation, but that significant action has been delivered over the past 12 months.
Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Paul Hassan, the community sector leader who says a mayor is best for the city and the vote is ‘self-indulgent’
The last of four episodes in a mini-series dedicated to understanding what’s at stake in Bristol’s upcoming mayoral referendum on 5 May.
Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Nicola Bowden-Jones, the ex-Labour councillor who says the mayoral system is ‘sexist and anti-democratic’
Part three of four episodes in a mini-series dedicated to understanding what’s at stake in Bristol’s upcoming mayoral referendum on 5 May.
Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Alex Hartley, the Lib Dem councillor that forced the vote on the future of Bristol’s political set-up
Part one of four episodes in a mini-series dedicated to understanding what's at stake in Bristol's upcoming mayoral referendum on 5 May.
Pressure, visibility, corruption: Mayoral power across the UK
Corruption scandals, historic referendums, forced-out police chiefs and battles with the government. As Bristol considers going mayor-less, we take a look at the picture in other cities and regions...
Power, personalities and PR: why this year could see the end of a mayor for Bristol
The role of the mayor has come up yet again as councillors clashed recently on the budget. Ahead of the mayoral referendum in May, it’s crucial we cut through the rhetoric to have a real choice.