Metro Mayor battle

March 03 2017

PEOPLE in South Gloucestershire will go to the polls in May to elect a ‘Metro Mayor’.

PEOPLE in South Gloucestershire will go to the polls in May to elect a ‘Metro Mayor’.

The council, with Bristol and B&NES councils, has agreed to form a West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to manage new powers, funding and responsibilities handed from central Government to the region. North Somerset Council declined to join. 

The authority will be led by the  Metro Mayor and the three council leaders, Matthew Riddle, Marvin Rees and Tim Warren.

The election will take place on May 4 and the candidates will include Tim Bowles, a South Gloucestershire councillor, for the Conservatives and former Bristol West MP Stephen Williams for the Liberal Democrats. Darren Hall is the Green candidate. Lesley Mansell will contest the post for Labour and Aaron Foot for UKIP.

The three local authority leaders  held the first public WECA meeting on March 1 at Watershed.