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Local Elections 2nd May 2024

Local Elections on Thursday May 2. Full list of local candidates. How you vote has changed!  

On Thursday 2 May 2024, local elections will be held across Bristol. A new administration will be chosen to run Bristol City Council, with major powers over transport, schools, bins and more. 

Polling cards have been to be sent out, which gives the location of polling stations where voters should head to on election day.  

This election will change how the council is governed. There will no longer be a directly elected mayor, instead Bristol will be governed by a committee system, made up of different political parties.   Have your say. Your vote matters.

As well as council elections in Bristol, voters will also elect a police and crime commissioner on May 2. The current Conservative commissioner is Mark Shelford, and the role has powers to set the budget for Avon and Somerset Police and hold the force accountable. 

Local Candidates


Jaime Breitnauer – The Green Party

Gregory Andrew Chadwick – Liberal Democrats

Robin Victor Clapp – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Lisa Durston – Labour Party

Benjamin Goldstrom – Liberal Democrats

Paul Simon Harding – Conservative Party

Paul Andrew Keith-hill – Conservative Party

Rob Logan – Labour Party

Danica Priest – The Green Party


Shahab Akhtar – Labour Party

Zac Barker – Liberal Democrats

Anna Fry – Liberal Democrats

Cam Hayward – The Green Party

Gary Hopkins – Knowle Community Party

Chris Orlik – Labour Party

Bright Rubwe – Conservative Party

Norma Elizabeth Scott – Conservative Party

Ghislaine Swinburn – Knowle Community Party

Toby Wells – The Green Party

Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates

ALLEN, Benet – Liberal Democrats

GRANT, Katy – The Green Party

MOODY, Clare – Labour and Co-operative Party

SHELFORD, Mark – Conservative Candidate

Photo ID to Vote 

Residents in Bristol will need to show photo ID to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner and Local Elections on May 2nd. Make sure you are ready to vote at a polling station by checking you have an accepted form of ID. 

This is the first-time whole city elections are taking place since the Government introduction of the requirement to show photo ID at polling stations. 

Accepted forms of ID include: 

  • UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport 
  • Drivers’ licence (including provisional drivers’ licence) 
  • Some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or disabled person’s bus pass. 

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Bristol City Council website, along with more information about the new requirement:  

Or on the Electoral Commissions website at

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.