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
Type Unitary authority council of Bristol
Houses Unicameral
Term limits None
Founded 1 April 1974
Executive mayor George Ferguson, Independent
Since 15 November 2012
Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury
Since 21 May 2013
Seats 1 executive mayor
70 councillors
Labour Party
27 / 70
Lib Dems
23 / 70
14 / 70
Green Party
4 / 70
2 / 70
Council voting system Plurality-at-large
Mayor voting system 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 2016
Virtute et Industria (By Virtue and Industry)
Meeting place
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 is:[2]

Political party Labour Lib Dem Conservative Green Independent
Councillors 27 23 14 4 2

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