Bristol City Council

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Bristol City Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Full council election every 4 years. [1] Formerly a third elected three years out of four until 2016.
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Council logo
Founded1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
Marvin Rees, Labour
since 7 May 2016
Cllr Jos Clarke,Liberal Democrat
since 23 May 2019 [2]
Seats1 executive mayor
70 councillors
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Council political groups
     Labour (36)
     Conservative (14)
     Green (11)
     Liberal Democrat (8)
     Independent (1)
Council voting system
Supplementary vote
Council last election
5 May 2016 (all councillors)
Mayor last election
5 May 2016
Council next election
2020 (all councillors) [3]
Mayor next election
Virtute et Industria (By Virtue and Industry)
Meeting place
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City Hall, College Green, Bristol

Bristol City Council is the local authority of Bristol, England. The council is a unitary authority, and is unusual in the United Kingdom in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Bristol. Bristol has 35 wards, electing a total of 70 councillors. [4]

Bristol City and county in England

Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 463,400. The wider district has the 10th-largest population in England. The urban area population of 724,000 is the 8th-largest in the UK. The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary.

Unitary authorities of England top and only level of local government in some parts of England

Unitary authorities of England are local authorities that are responsible for the provision of all local government services within a district. They are constituted under the Local Government Act 1992, which amended the Local Government Act 1972 to allow the existence of counties that do not have multiple districts. They typically allow large towns to have separate local authorities from the less urbanised parts of their counties and provide a single authority for small counties where division into districts would be impractical. Unitary authorities do not cover all of England. Most were established during the 1990s and a further tranche were created in 2009. Unitary authorities have the powers and functions that are elsewhere separately administered by councils of non-metropolitan counties and the non-metropolitan districts within them.



The council was formed by the Local Government Act 1972. It was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the non-metropolitan district of Bristol on 1 April 1974.

1973 United Kingdom local elections

The first elections to the new local authorities established by the Local Government Act 1972 in England and Wales and the new Northern Ireland district councils created by the Local Government Act 1972 took place in 1973. Elections to the existing Greater London Council also took place.

It was envisaged through the Local Government Act 1972 that Bristol as a non-metropolitan district council would share power with the Avon County Council. This arrangement lasted until 1996 when Avon County Council was abolished and Bristol City Council gained responsibility for services that had been provided by the county council.

Local Government Act 1972 United Kingdom legislation

The Local Government Act 1972 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that reformed local government in England and Wales on 1 April 1974.

Avon County Council was the county council of the non-metropolitan county of Avon in south west England. It came into its powers on 1 April 1974 and was abolished on 1 April 1996 at the same time as the county. The county council was based in Bristol at Avon House and Avon House North. It was replaced with four authorities: Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Political composition


The mayor of Bristol following the 2016 mayoral election is Marvin Rees for the Labour Party. Rees had previously ran in the first Bristol mayoral election, coming second place to the independent George Ferguson.

Mayor of Bristol

The Mayor of Bristol is the head of Bristol City Council. The Mayor is an elected politician who, along with the 70 members of Bristol City Council, is responsible for the strategic government of the city of Bristol, England. The role was created after a local referendum held on 3 May 2012, which followed the passage of the Localism Act 2011. 41,032 voted for an elected mayor and 35,880 voted against, with a turnout of 24%. An election for the new post was held on 15 November 2012.

Marvin Rees

Marvin Johnathan Rees is a British Labour Party politician. Since May 2016, he has served as Mayor of Bristol. In doing so, he became the first directly-elected mixed-raced mayor in Europe.

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom that has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.


Following the 2016 local elections the Labour Party secured an overall majority, gaining the council from no overall control, the first time that Labour has overall control of Bristol City Council since 2003.

2016 United Kingdom local elections

The 2016 United Kingdom local elections held on Thursday 5 May 2016 were a series of local elections which were held in 124 local councils and also saw 4 mayoral elections in England which also coincided with elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the London Assembly, the London mayoral election and the England and Wales Police and crime commissioners. By-elections for the Westminster seats of Ogmore and Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough were also held. These proved to be David Cameron's last local elections as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister as he resigned two months later following the defeat of Remain in the referendum on Britain's continuing membership of the European Union which was held seven weeks later.

In the context of local authorities in the United Kingdom, the term no overall control refers to a situation in which no single political group achieves a majority of seats; and is analogous to a hung parliament. Of the 248 councils who had members up for election in the 2019 local elections, 73 resulted in a NOC administration.

Labour 36
Conservative 14
Green 11
Liberal Democrat 8
Independent 1

Current councillors

Ashley Green Jude English
Labour Mike Davies
Labour Carole Johnson
Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston Labour Donald Alexander
Conservative Matt Melias
Labour Jo Sergeant
Bedminster Labour Celia Phipps
Labour Mark Bradshaw
Bishopston & Ashley Down Labour Tom Brook
Green Eleanor Combley
Bishopsworth Conservative Richard Eddy
Conservative Kevin Quarterly
Brislington East Independent Tony Carey [5]
Labour Mike Langley
Brislington West Labour Harriet Bradley
Liberal Democrat Jos Clark
Bristol Central Labour Kye Dudd
Labour Paul Smith
Clifton Green Paula O'Rourke
Green Jerome Thomas
Clifton Down Green Carla Denyer
Green Clive Stevens
Cotham Green Cleo Lake
Liberal Democrat Anthony Negus
Easton Labour Ruth Pickersgill
Labour Afzal Shah
Eastville Liberal Democrat Sultan Khan [6]
Labour Mhairi Threlfall
Filwood Labour Chris Jackson
Labour Jeff Lovell
Frome Vale Conservative Lesley Alexander
Labour Nicola Bowden-Jones
Hartcliffe & Withywood Labour Mark Brain
Labour Helen Holland
Labour Paul Goggin
Henbury & Brentry Conservative Chris Windows
Conservative Mark Weston
Hengrove & Whitchurch Park Liberal Democrat Tim Kent
Liberal Democrat Harriet Clough
Labour Barry Clark
Hillfields Labour Craig Cheney
Labour Anna Keen
Horfield Conservative Claire Hiscott
Labour Olly Mead
Hotwells & Harbourside Liberal Democrat Mark Wright
Knowle Liberal Democrat Chris Davies
Liberal Democrat Gary Hopkins
Lawrence Hill Labour Marg Hickman
Labour Hibaq Jama
Lockleaze Labour Gill Kirk
Labour Estella Tincknell
Redland Green Martin Fodor
Green Fi Hance
Southmead Labour Brenda Massey
Labour Helen Godwin
Southville Green Charlie Bolton
Green Stephen Clarke
St George Central Labour Nicola Beech
Labour Steve Pearce
St George Troopers Hill Labour Fabian Breckels
St George West Labour Asher Craig
Stockwood Conservative Steve Jones
Conservative Graham Morris
Stoke Bishop Conservative Peter Abraham
Conservative John Goulandris
Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Conservative Steve Smith
Conservative Geoff Gollop
Conservative Liz Radford
Windmill Hill Labour Jon Wellington
Labour Lucy Whittle

See also

Bristol City Council elections

Bristol is a unitary authority and ceremonial county in England. Until 1 April 1996 it was a non-metropolitan district in Avon. Since 2012 it has also had a directly elected mayor.

Bristol City Council is a unitary authority and ceremonial county in England. Originally formed on 1 April 1974 as a non-metropolitan district as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. It was envisaged that Bristol would share power with Avon County Council, an arrangement that lasted until 1996 when it was made into a unitary authority by the Local Government Commission for England, which abolished the county of Avon and gave Bristol City Council control of Avon Council's responsibilities.

Politics of Bristol

The city of Bristol, England, is a unitary authority, represented by four MPs representing seats wholly within the city boundaries. As well as these, Filton and Bradley Stoke covers the northern urban fringe in South Gloucestershire and the north eastern urban fringe is in the Kingswood constituency. The overall trend of both local and national representation became left of centre during the latter 20th century, but there was a shift to the right in the 2010 general election. The city has a tradition of local activism, with environmental issues and sustainable transport being prominent issues in the city.

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  5. Elected as Conservative, listed as independent. "Councillor Tony Carey". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  6. Elected as Labour, joined Liberal Democrats 29th August 2019. "Councillor Sultan Khan joins Lib Dem Team". Bristol Lib Dems. Retrieved 29 August 2019.