Bristol mayor candidate George Ferguson to form party

George Ferguson
Image caption Mr Ferguson said he would dissolve the party after the election

A candidate who is standing in the election for the Bristol mayor as an independent says he is to form his own political party.

George Ferguson is founding the Bristol First party to distinguish himself on the ballot paper from other independent candidates.

But he said he would dissolve the party after the election on 15 November.

Mr Ferguson is an architect, former Liberal councillor and owner of Bristol's Tobacco Factory.

"[The party's] only registered for the technicality of getting the logo on the ballot paper," he said.

"I don't want to be disadvantaged by not being able to do that - there's absolutely no other reason," he added.

Election candidates announced so far are: Craig Clarke (Independent), Tim Collins (Independent), George Ferguson (Independent), Geoff Gollop (Conservative), Neil Maggs (Respect), Spud Murphy (Independent), Eric Mutch (Independent), Daniella Radice (Green), Marvin Rees (Labour), Jon Rogers (Liberal Democrat), Andy Thorne (Independent) and Tom Baldwin (TUSC).

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