CANDIDATE: Marvin Rees
A MAN tipped to become the first directly-elected mayor of African Caribbean descent in Europe has lost his bid to govern Bristol.
Labour candidate Marvin Rees was favourite to win the race but was beaten by independent candidate George Ferguson.
Local man Rees finished with a total of 31,259 votes to Ferguson’s 37,353.
The two candidates went through to a second round of counting after neither had over 50 percent of first preference votes.
Rees got into politics through an engagement programme run by Operation Black Vote (OBV) which has also helped support Conservative MP Helen Grant and Baroness Warsi into government positions.
Labour stalwarts like Diane Abbott travelled to Bristol at the weekend to help campaign on Rees’ behalf.
The new mayor is now in charge of Bristol Council’s full range of services. His election means he has unseated the council leader, Liberal Democrat Simon Cook.
The turnout was 28 percent, which was higher than in the May referendum when Bristol voted for the new post.
The next election will take place in 2016.