Bristol mayoral election: Expect a flurry of hopefuls
MOST candidates who would like to win the post of elected mayor have been holding back from declaring their intention to stand until after the outcome of the referendum.
But now we can expect a flurry of hopefuls to throw their hat into the ring.
The first person to declare themselves as a candidate was Craig Clarke, who led the storming of a hearing at Bristol County Court to evict Occupy protesters from College Green.
Architect George Ferguson decided to put himself forward as an independent two weeks ago in order to raise the profile of the issue.
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Labour leader Peter Hammond said he would be seeking his party's nomination as candidate shortly after the referendum result was declared.
Marvin Rees, a programme manager from Easton, has also formally announced he will seek the Labour nomination.
Easton businessman Abdul Malik, a former Lib Dem councillor, has expressed his wish to seek his party's nomination and said if he did not become the Lib Dem candidate, he might stand as an independent.
Other possible candidates include Tory leader Peter Abraham, who would love the job but will have to go through his own party's selection process and former Labour city councillor Kelvin Blake.
Bristol West Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams is known to be keen but has yet to make a formal announcement.