More Metro Mayor candidates unveiled

January 25 2021
More Metro Mayor candidates unveiled

TWO major parties have announced their candidates to stand in May's West of England mayoral elections.

Current Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, the first person to hold the position created in 2017, announced last year that he was retiring from politics.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have already selected former MPs as their candidates to replace Conservative Mr Bowles.

Now the Greens have announced that Jerome Thomas (bottom right), the deputy leader of the party’s opposition group on Bristol City Council, will contest the election for them.

He has pledged to make "well-paid green jobs, affordable warm homes and low-carbon green transport" his priorities, adding: "Good implementation of green policies in these areas is key to our future health and prosperity."

Jerome said: "“I believe, working with people across the region, that these policies can be practical and achievable without costing the earth.”

Shortly before Christmas the Conservatives announced that Samuel Williams (top left) would be their candidate for the Metro Mayor election.

Samuel, who lives in South Bristol, was previously his party's candidate for the Bristol mayoral election, campaigning on a platform to scrap the mayoral role entirely in the city.

As Metro Mayor, in charge of an area including South Gloucestershire and B&NES as well as Bristol, he says he would "prioritise the region becoming a leading light in growing an ecologically sustainable and commercially viable economy", and also backs plans for a free port – a low or no-tax zone to encourage economic activity – for the city.

Samuel is the founding director of communications firm Hodos Consultancy.

Last year the Voice reported that Dan Norris (top right), who represented the Wansdyke constituency in B&NES and was a minister in Gordon Brown's government, had been selected as the Labour candidate, while ex-Bristol West MP Stephen Williams (bottom left), who was a minister in the coalition government from 2010-15, had been chosen by the Lib Dems.

The metro mayor is the political head of the West of England Combined Authority, which has responsibility for regional transport, strategic planning, economic growth and adult skills.