Marvin Rees re-elected as Bristol mayor
Marvin Rees won the race to become Bristol’s next mayor.
The Labour candidate beat his nearest rival, the Green Party’s Sandy-Hore Ruthven, by 13,613 votes.
It means Mr Rees will have three more years at the helm of Bristol City Council, after which he says he will not seek re-election.
Speaking after the declaration at City Academy in Redfield on May 9, Mr Rees said: “There’s something that’s very, quite special about being re-elected because it confirms so much of the work we’ve been trying to do and the way we’ve been trying to do it in the city.”
Mr Rees has already led Bristol for five years, one more than is usual because local elections were cancelled last year by the coronavirus pandemic.
He won 59,276 votes, against Sandy Hore-Ruthven’s 45,663.
Mr Hore-Ruthven said he was “pleased but also disappointed” at how he did in the mayoral election. We’ve quadrupled our vote and that’s a huge achievement. People have seen the Green Party as a party that could govern the city,” he said.
The mayoral election was conducted under a supplementary voting system. All the candidates other than Mr Rees and Mr Hore-Ruthven were knocked out in the first round, and their second preference votes were added to the two frontrunners’ totals.
The results of the first round of voting, where first preference votes only were counted, was as follows:
Marvin Rees (LAB) 50,510
Sandy Hore-Ruthven (GRN) 36,331
Alastair Watson (CON) 25,816
Caroline Gooch (LD) 15,517
Sean Donnelly (Independent) 4,956
Tom Baldwin (TUSC) 3,194
John Langley (Independent) 1,528
Robert Clarke (Reform UK) 806
Osaka Shaw (Independent) 389