Bristol City Council
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|Seats||1 executive mayor|
Council political groups
Length of term
|Executive mayor elected every four years|
Full council election every 4 years. Formerly a third elected three years out of four until 2016.
Council voting system
Mayor voting system
Council last election
|6 May 2021 (all councillors)|
Mayor last election
|6 May 2021|
Council next election
|2024 (all councillors)|
|Virtute et Industria (By Virtue and Industry)|
|City Hall, College Green, Bristol|
Bristol City Council is the local authority of Bristol, England. The council is a unitary authority, and is unusual in the United Kingdom in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Bristol. Bristol has 34 wards, electing a total of 70 councillors.
Main article: History of Bristol City Council
The council was formed by the Local Government Act 1972. It was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the non-metropolitan district of Bristol on 1 April 1974.
Under the Local Government Act 1972 Bristol as a non-metropolitan district council would share power with the Avon County Council. This arrangement lasted until 1996 when Avon County Council was abolished and Bristol City Council gained responsibility for services that had been provided by the county council.
Main article: Mayor of Bristol
The mayor of Bristol following the 2021 mayoral election is Marvin Rees for the Labour Party. Originally intended to serve for four years from 2016, his first term was extended by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was re-elected for a shortened three-year term in 2021.
Rees had previously ran in the first Bristol mayoral election, coming second place to the independent George Ferguson.
On 7 December 2021, the majority of opposition councillors backed a legally binding motion to hold a referendum on the future of the role of the Elected Mayor of Bristol. The referendum on in May 2022 offered Bristolians the choice of keeping an elected mayor or reverting to a committee system of governance. The result was to abolish the role of mayor from May 2024.
Since the 2021 Bristol City Council election, the council has been under no overall control, with both the Green Party and Labour holding the same number of seats. The council had previously been controlled by the Labour Party since 2016.
The Liberal Democrats gained eight seats in the election. However, on 13 December 2021, former Lord Mayor Chris Davies and former Lib Dem Bristol group leader Gary Hopkins defected from the party to form the Knowle Community Party.
On 24 December 2021, the Labour councillor for Southmead, Helen Godwin, announced she would be resigning, triggering a by-election for 17 February 2022, at which Kye Dudd (former councillor for Central until May 2021) of the Labour Party was elected to replace her.
|Knowle Community Party||2|
The cabinet is led by Mayor Marvin Rees and currently consists of nine members (including Rees). All cabinet members are currently part of the Labour Party.
|Mayor, lead on Planning and City Design||Labour||Marvin Rees|
|Deputy mayor, cabinet member for City Economy Finance and Performance||Labour||Craig Cheney|
|Deputy mayor, cabinet member for Children Services, Education and Equalities||Labour||Asher Craig|
|Cabinet member for Public Health and Communities||Labour||Ellie King|
|Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Integrated Care System||Labour||Helen Holland|
|Cabinet member for Strategic Planning, Resilience and Floods||Labour||Nicola Beech|
|Cabinet member for Housing Delivery and Homes||Labour||Tom Renhard|
|Cabinet member for Transport||Labour||Don Alexander|
|Cabinet member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy||Labour||Kye Dudd|