Labour Party chooses shortlist of candidates to run for mayor in Bristol
A SHORTLIST of five Labour contenders has been drawn up by the Labour Party to fight for the post of Bristol's first elected mayor.
They include former city councillor Kelvin Blake, current Labour group leader Peter Hammond, former council leader Helen Holland, former Wansdyke MP Dan Norris and inner-city party activist Marvin Rees.
Labour members will now have to vote which one they want to represent the party at the election for the figurehead post on November 15.
The candidate is expected to be announced sometime next month
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Darren Lewis, chairman of Bristol Labour Party, said: "We have got a very strong field of candidates who have been chosen on their own merits and who reflect the strength and diversity of the party."
The race to become elected mayor has now hotted up since the historic referendum which saw an emphatic yes vote in favour of a city leader.
The Tories are expected to reveal their shortlist within the next couple of weeks.
Tory leader Peter Abraham is considered the frontrunner but he has yet to commit himself to run for his party's candidacy.
Meanwhile, Bristol North West Tory MP Charlotte Leslie who was seen as a possible leading contender has ruled herself out.
She said: "This is my first term as an MP and I feel my first duty is to the people who chose me to represent them.
"However I definitely feel that an elected mayor is the right way to go – we need a leader to take the city forward."
The Liberal Democrats have also yet to make their choice although there is speculation they might not field a candidate.
Former Lib Dem Councillor Abdul Malik, a successful businessman from Easton, is keen to stand and will seek his party's nomination. But if he is not successful or the party does not have a candidate, then he might stand as an independent.
Businessman Rob Law who invented Trunki, the world's first ride-on suitcase for children, has ruled himself out. He has been rumoured to have been interested in standing but told the Post he had no intention of becoming a candidate.
Architect George Ferguson launched his campaign earlier this week and the Respect Party has chosen retired teacher Paulette North as its candidate.
Zany Eric Mutch who is changing his name to Mr Corrupt Self-serving Lying B'stard and Craig Clarke, who led a protest at a County Court hearing by Occupy protesters, have thrown their hats in to the ring.
Mr Abraham, who leads the Conservative group on Bristol City Council, said he was concerned that people – and even some of the candidates – did not understand what powers the elected mayor would have.
He said they should take a reality check on exactly what the city's new leader could achieve within the constraints of local government rules.