England

West of England metro mayor hopefuls confirmed

From left to right: Stephen Williams – Liberal Democrats, Lesley Ann Mansell - Labour and Co-operative Party, John Christopher Savage - Independent, Darren Edward Hall - Green Party, Aaron Warren Foot - UK Independence Party (UKIP), Tim Bowles - The Conservative Party
Image caption From left to right: Stephen Williams (Lib Dems), Lesley Ann Mansell (Labour), John Christopher Savage (Independent), Darren Edward Hall (Green Party), Aaron Warren Foot (UKIP), Tim Bowles (Conservative)

Six candidates have put their names forward for the upcoming West of England metro mayor elections in May.

The metro mayor role covers Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset council areas.

The £62,000 salaried post is part of government efforts to devolve more power to the regions over key issues such as planning and roads.

There is one independent and candidates from the Conservatives, UKIP, Green Party, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

The candidates are:

  • Tim Bowles - Conservative Party
  • Aaron Warren Foot - UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Darren Edward Hall - Green Party
  • Lesley Ann Mansell - Labour and Co-operative Party
  • John Christopher Savage - Independent
  • Stephen Williams - Liberal Democrats

Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is organising the election, has said those registered to vote will receive a mayoral election booklet and a campaign statement from each of the candidates.

As part of the devolution deal, the four councils will be given £1bn over 30 years to help plan new homes, regional transport and business growth.