Bristol City Council
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Cllr Craig Cheney
Cllr Asher Craig, Labour
|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)|
Mayor next election
|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 35 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, which will take place in May 2022, will offer Bristolians the choice of keeping an elected mayor or reverting to a committee system of governance.
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 8 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 as Councillor, triggering a by-election for January 2022.
|Knowle Community Party||2|
|Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston||Labour||Donald Alexander|
|Bishopston & Ashley Down||Green||Emma Edwards|
|Brislington East||Labour||Katja Hornchen|
|Brislington West||Liberal Democrats||Jos Clark|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Varney|
|Clifton Down||Green||Carla Denyer|
|Frome Vale||Conservative||Lesley Alexander|
|Hartcliffe & Withywood||Labour||Kerry Bailes|
|Henbury & Brentry||Conservative||Mark Weston|
|Hengrove & Whitchurch Park||Liberal Democrats||Andrew Brown|
|Liberal Democrats||Sarah Classick|
|Liberal Democrats||Tim Kent|
|Hotwells & Harbourside||Liberal Democrats||Alex Hartley|
|Knowle||Knowle Community Party||Chris Davies|
|Knowle Community Party||Gary Hopkins|
|Lawrence Hill||Labour||Hibaq Jama|
|St George Central||Labour||Nicola Beech|
|St George Troopers Hill||Labour||Fabian Breckels|
|St George West||Labour||Asher Craig|
|Stoke Bishop||Conservative||John Goulandris|
|Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze||Conservative||Geoff Gollop|
|Windmill Hill||Green||Ed Plowden|
The Cabinet is led by Mayor Marvin Rees and currently consists of 7 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 Finance, Governance and Performance||Labour||Craig Cheney|
|Deputy Mayor, Cabinet Member for Communities, Equalities and Public Health||Labour||Asher Craig|
|Cabinet Member for Women and Families (Lead Member for Children’s Services)||Labour||Helen Godwin|
|Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care||Labour||Helen Holland|
|Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy||Labour||Nicola Beech|
|Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes||Labour||Tom Renhard|
|Cabinet Member for Transport||Labour||Don Alexander|