Bristol Mayor and council elections postponed for a year due to coronavirus

March 13 2020
Bristol Mayor and council elections postponed for a year due to coronavirus

BRISTOL City Council has confirmed that the elections for the city’s mayor and all council seats are being postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The elections were due to take place on Thursday May 7, with current mayor Marvin Rees seeking re-election for a second term, while Labour was seeking to defend its majority of council seats from the Greens, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives.

An election to replace Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens was also due to be held.

But this evening the Government announced that all local and mayoral elections in England will be postponed.

Council returning officer Tim O’Gara said: “The detail behind this announcement has yet to be released and we will not be able to provide any further update until this has been received. Preparations for May’s elections were well underway and we will now need time to reflect on what needs to be done to push these plans back into 2021.

Further updates will be provided as and when new information is made available.”

Council executive director for people Dr Jacqui Jensen said: “Bristol is ready to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and strong preparations are in place to respond to the changing situation and the emerging positions adopted by the Government.

As with any situation that poses the scale of challenge presented by this outbreak we work together with our partners in health, police, social care, faith communities and voluntary sector to ensure that we can move quickly when needed.

I urge people to heed the advice of Public Health England to prevent the spread of the virus including washing your hands regularly – we will do everything need to as a city to overcome this challenge.”