Meet the West of England metro mayor candidates

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Hello, I’m James Patrick Wearmouth, the Business and Political Editor here at Berkeley Squares.

Over the past week I interviewed the six candidates for the West of England metro mayor, one of whom will be elected by the residents of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire when they go to the polls on 4 May. With devolved powers over housing, transport and education plus responsibility for £1bn of government funding over the next 30 years, the role will have significant importance in the region.

Tim Bowles

Conservative

Tim is a business development manager in the events industry, as well as being a councillor for Winterbourne ward in South Gloucestershire.

Darren Hall

Green

Darren is currently an environmental consultant, but has also been an RAF engineering officer as well as a parliamentary candidate for Bristol West in 2015.

John Savage

Independent

At present, John is the executive chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of University Hospitals Bristol. Previously, John had been the Labour Party’s candidate for the 2012 Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner role.

Lesley Mansell

Labour

Lesley currently works as an equality and diversity manager for North Bristol NHS Trust. She has previously worked as a councillor and in engineering, and has been a trade union activist for 45 years.

Stephen Williams

Liberal Democrat

Stephen worked as a tax consultant before being elected MP for Bristol West between 2005 and 2015, during which time he also served as Minister for Communities under the coalition government. Prior to this Stephen had been a councillor.

Aaron Foot

UKIP

Aaron is a farmer in South Gloucestershire. He set up his own business at the age of 16, and in 2016 ran as a UKIP candidate for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.