Bristol City Council

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Bristol City Council
Arms of Bristol City Council.svg
Coat of arms
Bristol City Council logo.svg
Council logo
Founded1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
Cllr Jos Clarke, Liberal Democrat
since 23 May 2019[2]
Marvin Rees, Labour
since 7 May 2016
Deputy Mayor
Cllr Craig Cheney, Labour
Opposition Leader
Cllr Mark Weston, Conservative
Chief Executive
Mike Jackson[1]
Seats1 executive mayor
70 councillors[4]
Bristol City Council as of March 2021.svg
Council political groups
Administration (33)
  Labour (33)
Opposition (34)
  Conservative (14)
  Green (10)
  Liberal Democrat (9)
  Independent (1)
  Vacant (3)
Length of term
Executive mayor elected every four years
Full council election every 4 years.[3] Formerly a third elected three years out of four until 2016.
Supplementary vote
Council last election
5 May 2016 (all councillors)
Mayor last election
5 May 2016
Council next election
2021 (all councillors)[5]
Mayor next election
Virtute et Industria (By Virtue and Industry)
Meeting place
Bristol Council House - - 197619.jpg
City Hall, College Green, Bristol
Website Edit this at Wikidata

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.[6]


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 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 33
Conservative 14
Green 11
Liberal Democrats 9
Casual vacancy 3

Current councillors[edit]

Ward Party Councillor
Ashley Green Jude English
Labour Mike Davies
Labour Carole Johnson
Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston Labour Donald Alexander
Conservative Matt Melias
Green Jo Sergeant[7]
Bedminster Labour Celia Phipps
Labour Mark Bradshaw
Bishopston & Ashley Down Labour Tom Brook
Green Eleanor Combley
Bishopsworth Conservative Richard Eddy
Conservative Kevin Quarterly
Brislington East Liberal Democrats Tony Carey[8]
Labour Tim Rippington
Brislington West Casual vacancy
Liberal Democrats Jos Clark
Bristol Central Labour Kye Dudd
Casual vacancy
Clifton Green Paula O'Rourke
Green Jerome Thomas
Clifton Down Green Carla Denyer
Casual vacancy
Cotham Green Cleo Lake
Liberal Democrats Anthony Negus
Easton Labour Ruth Pickersgill
Labour Afzal Shah
Eastville Liberal Democrats Sultan Khan[9]
Labour Mhairi Threlfall
Filwood Labour Chris Jackson
Labour Jeff Lovell
Frome Vale Conservative Lesley Alexander
Labour Nicola Bowden-Jones
Hartcliffe & Withywood Labour Mark Brain
Labour Helen Holland
Labour Paul Goggin
Henbury & Brentry Conservative Chris Windows
Conservative Mark Weston
Hengrove & Whitchurch Park Liberal Democrats Tim Kent
Liberal Democrats Harriet Clough
Labour Barry Clark
Hillfields Labour Craig Cheney
Labour Anna Keen
Horfield Conservative Claire Hiscott
Labour Olly Mead
Hotwells & Harbourside Liberal Democrats Mark Wright
Knowle Liberal Democrats Chris Davies
Liberal Democrats Gary Hopkins
Lawrence Hill Labour Marg Hickman
Labour Hibaq Jama
Lockleaze Labour Gill Kirk
Labour Estella Tincknell
Redland Green Martin Fodor
Green Fi Hance
Southmead Labour Brenda Massey
Labour Helen Godwin
Southville Green Charlie Bolton
Green Stephen Clarke
St George Central Labour Nicola Beech
Labour Steve Pearce
St George Troopers Hill Labour Fabian Breckels
St George West Labour Asher Craig
Stockwood Conservative Steve Jones
Conservative Graham Morris
Stoke Bishop Conservative Peter Abraham
Conservative John Goulandris
Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Conservative Steve Smith
Conservative Geoff Gollop
Conservative Liz Radford
Windmill Hill Labour Jon Wellington
Labour Lucy Whittle

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Lord Mayor of Bristol". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  3. ^ Bristol City Council
  4. ^
  5. ^ Bristol City Council
  6. ^ Bristol City Council
  7. ^ Elected as Labour, resigned whip and party membership in March 2021. "Jo Sergent - Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  8. ^ Elected as Conservative, joined Liberal Democrats 26 September 2019. "Councillor Tony Carey joins Lib Dem team". Bristol Lib Dems. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  9. ^ Elected as Labour, joined Liberal Democrats 29 August 2019. "Councillor Sultan Khan joins Lib Dem Team". Bristol Lib Dems. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

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