Bristol was the only city to vote in favour of an elected mayor on May 3rd. The party has now announced the shortlisted candidates for the Labour nomiantion – they are:
Kelvin Blake - former councillor for Hengrove and Filwood in South Bristol. Blake is a non exec of Bristol NHS trust and an executive for BT.
Peter Hammond - current group leader on the council. Very experienced as a councillor. Leads the traditional Labour Left faction in Bristol, and seen as something of an establishment figure.
Helen Holland – former group leader on the council and leads the progressives faction in Bristol. Close friends with Dawn Primorolo and potential candidate for the Bristol South selection if she’s not elected mayor. She’s also the non executive of an NHS social enterprise.
Dan Norris – A bit of a surprise this one. The former MP for Wansdyke wasn’t thought to be standing – but he’s made the shortlist and looks like a strong candidate. He was an MP from 1997-2010 before losing the new North East Somerset constituency for Jacob-Rees Mogg.
Marvin Rees – An alumnus of the Yale Global Leaders Programme, Rees stood unsuccessfully for the Britsol West selection in 2010. He’s not seen as a party “hack” and therefore isn’t tainted with recent party history – but that has lead some to describe him as a relative political novice.
If you have any further information on any of the candidates – you can contact us here.