George Ferguson hosts jamboree for 500
GEORGE Ferguson was "bowled over" by the response to his mayoral campaign when he held a jamboree in the city.
The architect encouraged people to join him at a big top by Temple Meads last night to share their views for the future of Bristol.
He estimated about 500 people had turned up to hear him speak and give their feedback on what they want from a mayor in Bristol.
The independent candidate said the reaction to his event confirmed his position as the principal candidate to oppose Labour in the November vote.
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"I got enormous enthusiasm for the message that I gave," he said.
"The main purpose of the meeting was to begin to build an organisation that can compete with the big party machines in terms of people, resources and money, and this was the beginning of it."
Feedback was given by those who turned up for the event and Mr Ferguson will now go through the comments to find out what the key themes were.
"The obvious things that appear are transport, jobs, care for the elderly and education, the environment and health, which were all areas I covered in my speech and I think there was great enthusiasm for the attitude I would bring to the job.
"I was bowled over by the number of people who came and listened. They heard what I had to say and now we are on a roll."
Mr Ferguson said his mayoral campaign was currently in the listening stage, where he hears what the people of Bristol want from a mayor.
"They want to know that I am not just going to say yes to everything but that I will make them feel that they are a part of the governance of Bristol and make them realise I am answerable only to them and not a political party."