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2016 election results

Marvin Rees won a landslide victory over incumbent George Ferguson in the mayoral election and Labour swept to overall control of the Bristol City Council in a weekend of shock results after voters went to the polls last Thursday.

In the election for the Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner (PCC), Independent Sue Mountstevens won re-election after beating Labour’s candidate Kerry Barker 54% to 46% after second preferences.

Full results are available here.

While Mountstevens won the most votes overall, Barker won nearly three fifths of the vote in Bristol in the second round. Labour’s surprisingly strong showing, along with the high voter turnout recorded for the mayoral election (45%, up from 28% in 2012), led many to believe that Marvin Rees had won the race, the results of which would be announced the next day. George Ferguson effectively admitted defeat after the PCC results, saying that he would be “surprised” if he beat Rees and that he would not “be preparing a victory speech.” When he turned up to the mayoral election count the next day, he joked with the media about future job opportunities. Rees, on the other hand, received a hero’s welcome upon his arrival there, a sign of Labour’s confidence that he had finally been triumphant, having lost last time.

They were right. Rees stormed ahead with over 40% of first preferences (up from 29% in 2012), while Ferguson won just 23% (down from 35% in 2012). Even though Rees didn’t receive a large enough share of first preferences to win outright, meaning that second preferences had to be transferred, it was clear that the game was up. Rees eventually won a phenomenal 63% in the second round, with a huge margin of 29,000 votes over Ferguson. In his victory speech, he praised Ferguson for “putting Bristol on the map”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to Bristol  later that day to congratulate Marvin on his victory.

In his concession speech, Ferguson thanked his supporters and reiterated how tough it was to run against a political party. He encouraged Rees to “be brave” and said that the new mayor had his “very best wishes” and would be happy to support him and defend him in the future. He told the audience that “this is the end of politics for me” and that “the only badge I wear is the badge of Bristol”.

Conservative Charles Lucas came third with 14%, followed by Tony Dyer of the Greens on 7%, Lib Dem Kay Barnard on 6%, and UKIP’s Paul Turner on 5%.

CandidateFirst preference votesVote shareTotal votesFinal vote share
Marvin Rees (Labour)5672940.4%6875063.5
George Ferguson (Bristol 1st)3237523.1%3957736.5
Charles Lucas (Conservative)1961714.0%
Tony Dyer (Green)100007.1%
Kay Barnard (Liberal Democrats)80785.8%
Paul Turner (UKIP)71155.1%
Tom Baldwin (TUSC)18761.3%
Stoney Garnett (Independent)13841.0%
Christine Townsend (Independent)10100.7%
Tony Britt (Independent)8770.6%
Paul Saville (Independent)5450.4%
John Langley (Independent)3670.3%
Mayor Festus Kudehinbu (Independent)3410.2%

Full results are available here.

On Sunday, Bristol City Council became the last local authority in the country to declare its election results. This was the first election contested on the newly redrawn boundaries, and from now on all council seats will be up for election at the same time and councillors will serve four year terms.

Labour won a majority of councillors (37 out of 70, up from 30), putting Bristol City Council under the control of one party for the first time since it was held by the Liberal Democrats 2011. Labour last controlled the council in 2003.

The Conservatives, the Greens, and the Lib Dems each lost two councillors, falling to fourteen, eleven, and eight respectively. UKIP lost their only councillor.

The Greens suffered the most significant defeats of the election, with group leader Ani Stafford-Townsend, former group leader Rob Telford, and assistant mayor Daniella Radice all losing their seats. Charles Lucas, the Conservative’s candidate for mayor of Bristol, lost his seat in Clifton.

Full results are available here.

Who won? Who lost? See our political editor’s take here.

The road ahead for Mayor Marvin Rees

Rees was sworn in on Monday at the M-Shed and gave a speech, which you can read in full here.

He has promised to be more transparent, to share power more, and to promote inclusivity. He has reaffirmed his commitment to appointing a ‘rainbow cabinet’ comprising councillors from all parties, even after Labour won the majority of seats on the Bristol City Council.

One of his key pledges is to build 2000 houses a year, 800 of which are meant to be affordable. It will be interesting to see whether he achieves this.

You can read his and his party’s manifesto here.