Mayor of the West of England
Incumbent
Dan Norris

since 10 May 2021
StyleMayor[1]
AppointerElectorate of the West of England
Term length4 years
Formation2017
Salary£65,000 (2019)[2]
The districts of the West of England Combined Authority
The districts of the West of England Combined Authority

The Mayor of the West of England is the directly elected mayor responsible for the strategic government of the West of England, including planning, transport and skills. For this purpose the West of England is defined as the local authority areas of Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset. The creation of the role was agreed in 2016 by the then Chancellor George Osborne and the leaders of the three councils.

Elections use the supplementary vote system, where electors can vote for "first preference" and "second preference" candidates. If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, all but the two leading candidates are eliminated and the votes of those eliminated are redistributed according to their second-choice votes to determine the winner.

The first election took place on 4 May 2017, and was won by Tim Bowles with a total of 70,300 votes, including second preferences. The turnout was 29.7%, with 199,519 voting out of the possible 671,280.[3]

List of mayors

Name Portrait Term of office Elected Political party Previous and concurrent occupations
Tim Bowles
8 May 2017 9 May 2021 2017 Conservative Former district councillor for Winterbourne
Dan Norris
10 May 2021 incumbent 2021 Labour Former MP for Wansdyke
Timeline
Dan NorrisTim Bowles (politician)

Elections

2021

West of England Mayoral election 6 May 2021[4]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Dan Norris 84,434 33.4% 41,048 125,482 59.5
Conservative Samuel Williams 72,415 28.6% 12,974 85,389 40.5
Green Jerome Thomas 54,919 21.7%
Liberal Democrats Stephen Williams 41,193 16.3%

2017

West of England Mayoral election 4 May 2017[5]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Conservative Tim Bowles 53,796 27.3% 16,504 70,300 51.6
Labour Lesley Mansell 43,627 22.2% 22,296 65,923 48.4
Liberal Democrats Stephen Williams 39,794 20.2%
Independent John Savage 29,500 15.0%
Green Darren Hall 22,054 11.2%
UKIP Aaron Foot 8,182 4.2%

Turnout in the election was: 29.3%

See also

References

  1. ^ Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, s 107A(5)
  2. ^ Postans, Adam (28 September 2019). "West of England mayor Tim Bowles set for £3K pay hike for 65-hour working week". Bristol Post. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Mayor of the West of England". BBC News. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ "West of England metro mayor election 2021: Candidates, what does the metro mayor do and everything you need to know". Bristol Live. 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Mayor of the West of England". BBC News. 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2021.