Bristol City Council

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Bristol City Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Third of council elected three years out of four
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Coat of arms
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
George Ferguson, Independent
since 15 November 2012
Faruk Choudhury
since 21 May 2013
Seats 1 executive mayor
70 councillors
31 / 70
16 / 70
15 / 70
6 / 70
1 / 70
1 / 70
Supplementary vote
Council last election
2010 (one third of councillors)
2011 (one third of councillors)
2013 (one third of councillors)
Mayor last election
15 November 2012
Council next election
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2017 (one third of councillors)
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. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The council is unusual in the United Kingdom local government system in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Bristol, currently George Ferguson. Bristol comprises 35 wards,[1] electing 70 councillors.[2]


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[edit]

The political composition of the council after the 2014 local elections is:

Composition of the Bristol City Council (by party in 2014)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City ward finder | Bristol City Council". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Councillors | Bristol City Council". Retrieved 24 May 2014.