Students could swing the Bristol mayoral referendum - Video
Bristol students could swing the elected mayor result – if they turn out to vote that is
Academics from Bristol's two universities have been holding last minute briefings for students, encouraging them to vote in the mayoral referendum tomorrow.
With nearly 50 thousand students living in Bristol the student vote could swing tomorrow's ballot one way or another. Briefings and debates are being held throughout the day at Bristol university and UWE aimed at galvanising students to vote.
The debates have been jointly organised by both universities. The speakers include Professor Robin Hambleton, who looks at the wider issues of city leadership, Dr David Sweeting, arguing the case for Bristol having an elected mayor and Professor Alex Marsh, who put forward the argument that having an elected mayor is a bad idea.
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Professor Hambleton, from UWE, says it's important that students realise they could have a real say in how the city could be run in the future. He's also critical of the government for not setting out clearly enough for everyone involved what could be at stake.
Colin Offler, UWE Student Union President says students should get involved in the political process but doesn't think enough has been done to engage them to vote.
Voting takes place tomorrow and the result is expected Friday lunchtime.