Bristol City Council
|Executive mayor elected every four years|
Full council election every 4 years. Formerly a third elected three years out of four until 2016.
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|Seats||1 executive mayor|
Council political groups
Council voting system
Mayor voting system
Council last election
|5 May 2016 (all councillors)|
Mayor last election
|5 May 2016|
Council next election
|2020 (all councillors)|
Mayor next election
|Virtute et Industria (By Virtue and Industry)|
|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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston||Labour||Donald Alexander|
|Bishopston & Ashley Down||Labour||Tom Brook|
|Brislington East||Independent||Tony Carey|
|Brislington West||Labour||Harriet Bradley|
|Liberal Democrat||Jos Clark|
|Bristol Central||Labour||Kye Dudd|
|Clifton Down||Green||Carla Denyer|
|Liberal Democrat||Anthony Negus|
|Eastville||Liberal Democrat||Sultan Khan|
|Frome Vale||Conservative||Lesley Alexander|
|Hartcliffe & Withywood||Labour||Mark Brain|
|Henbury & Brentry||Conservative||Chris Windows|
|Hengrove & Whitchurch Park||Liberal Democrat||Tim Kent|
|Liberal Democrat||Harriet Clough|
|Hotwells & Harbourside||Liberal Democrat||Mark Wright|
|Knowle||Liberal Democrat||Chris Davies|
|Liberal Democrat||Gary Hopkins|
|Lawrence Hill||Labour||Marg Hickman|
|St George Central||Labour||Nicola Beech|
|St George Troopers Hill||Labour||Fabian Breckels|
|St George West||Labour||Asher Craig|
|Stoke Bishop||Conservative||Peter Abraham|
|Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze||Conservative||Steve Smith|
|Windmill Hill||Labour||Jon Wellington|
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