Metro mayor candidates line up for May election

January 30 2017

CONSERVATIVES and the Green Party have announced their candidates for the election to choose a new metro mayor for the West of England combined authority.

CONSERVATIVES and the Green Party have announced their candidates for the election to choose a new metro mayor for the West of England combined authority.

South Gloucestershire councillor Tim Bowles, who represents Winterbourne, will stand for the Tories, while Darren Hall will be the Green candidate.

The election on May 4 will choose a mayor for the area covered by South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset.

It is part of a £1 billion devolution deal where the Government gives more power and funding to the regions in areas such as transport, housing, business support and investment.

Each council will continue to keep its responsibilities and provide local services, with their individual leaders forming the new mayor’s cabinet.

Mr Bowles, who was elected a councillor in 2010 and 2015, works in sales and marketing, most recently as new business manager for a global events company.

Mr Hall, who grew up in Berkeley, stood for the Greens in Bristol West in the 2015 parliamentary elections. He is a magazine and website editor and founding director of a community interest company.