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Local Elections 2021

Marvin Rees re-elected as Bristol mayor despite Green surge

The Labour candidate received a smaller vote share than in 2016, but it was enough to see off Green candidate Sandy Hore-Ruthven.

Labour gain West of England metro mayor from the Tories

Conservative Mark Shelford beats Labour candidate in Police and Crime Commissioner election

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.

Local Elections 2021

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

Local Elections 2021

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

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

Hundreds of non-EU, non-Commonwealth citizens won’t be allowed to vote in the upcoming local elections. Asli Tatliadim, who’s lived in Bristol since 2017, told the Cable why she thinks that should change.

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

Central ward was a close race between Labour and the Greens in 2016, with a low turnout and just seven votes in it.

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.

‘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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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

Mayoral candidates admit government support is needed to really get to grips with housing crisis, while some questions remain over details of sitting mayor Marvin Rees's plans for next term.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Labour Bristol Mayor candidate Marvin Rees, on his record, style and politics

In this robust interview Neil and Marvin discuss his successes and criticisms and what is the driving and guiding the Labour candidate.

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.

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?

‘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.

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

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.

'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.

‘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.

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

Change is coming to our roads, but are radical transformational plans just hot polluted air?

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.

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

Bristol goes to the polls on 6 May to elect the city's mayor, councillors, regional mayor and police and crime commissioner. Here's a handy guide about what it all means.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Lib 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...

Bristol Citizens' Agenda: priorities for the local elections

Hundreds of Cable readers have shared what matters to them the most in the upcoming local elections.

‘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?

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

As Bristol pours money into the Bristol Beacon refurb, it’s time to ask for more for our independent music and arts venues.

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.

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.

Bristol's affordable housing and climate goals do not sit easily together

Green mayoral candidate pledges to build 2,000 council homes and carry out major energy-efficiency work on the remainder by 2030, despite a review warning this could wipe out reserves.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with 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...

How Bristol politicians and election candidates have responded to Friday’s Police and Crime Bill protest

Statements by the parties and candidates on protests and policing in the lead up to May’s local elections.

The race for City Hall

In this special series of Bristol Unpacked podcast, Neil Maggs does in-depth interviews with the main candidates running to be Bristol's next mayor.

Alistair Watson,
Conservative

Sandy Hore-Ruthven,
Greens

Caroline Gooch,
Lib Dem

Marvin Rees,
Labour

Citizens’ Agenda

We’ve asked people in Bristol what issues are most important to them this election. This Citizens’ Agenda is a list of their priorities.

  • Make Housing Affordable
  • Address the climate crisis
  • Improve public transport
  • Reduce air pollution
  • Protect green spaces
  • Strengthen local democracy
  • Enable active travel
  • Fight inequality

Are these your priorities this election?

If you haven't already, have your say in the Citizens' Agenda. It's a living list which we will update to reflect the priorities people tell us.

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