Bristol City Council

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.
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
Marvin Rees, Labour
Since 7 May 2016
Clare Campion-Smith
Since 21 May 2015
Seats 1 executive mayor
70 councillors
37 / 70
14 / 70
11 / 70
8 / 70
Supplementary vote
Council last election
5 May 2016 (all councillors)
Mayor last election
5 May 2016
Council next election
2020 (all councillors)[2]
Mayor next election
Virtute et Industria (By Virtue and Industry)
Meeting place
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.[3]


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.

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.

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.


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.

Party Councillors
Labour 37
Conservative 14
Green 11
Liberal Democrats 8

Current councillors

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

See also


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