May 2021 elections

Main image: A giant ballot box installed at Cabot Circus to remind Bristol residents to vote. Picture Bristol City Council.

On Thursday 6 May Bristol residents will be heading to the polls to vote in four different elections – the first time this number will be held on one day.

These are for the city mayor, all 70 local councillors, regional mayor and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Mayor of Bristol and local councillors were due to take place in 2020 – but were postponed due to the pandemic.

This year, the polling stations have COVID-19 safety precautions in place – including one-way systems and sanitising stations.

Voters are being asked to wear face masks, socially distance and sanitise their hands as well as bring their own pen if they can. If there are long queues people are advised to come back at a quieter time.

The polling stations will be open from 7am- 10pm and will not close for lunch.

Anyone who is self-isolating or has COVID-19 symptoms on the day should not attend but can apply for an emergency proxy vote for someone to vote on their behalf, by visiting Completed applications must reach Bristol City Council by 5pm on 6 May.

Bristol is divided into 34 voting areas called wards. Your ward and polling station will be on your poll card which you receive through the post.

For details of your polling station you can also visit: or call 0117 922 3400.

For more information visit:

Knowle West Media Centre is one of the local polling centres on 6 May.

Mayor of Bristol

The elected Mayor of Bristol leads Bristol City Council and its services as well as representing the interests of Bristol citizens.

The Mayor chairs the council cabinet, directs the council’s strategy and sets the council budget. The Mayor’s decisions can only be overturned by a two-thirds majority of councillors.

Running for re-election this year for Labour is Marvin Rees who has held the position since 2016.

You will have two votes for first and second choice and can choose from nine candidates. They are:

For more information download the official booklet for the Mayoral election:

Bristol City Council

A city councillor has to represent the ward for which they are elected, they are also involved in developing and reviewing council policy and looking closely at decisions taken by the mayor and councillors at city hall.

They have regular contact with the general public through council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries.

Filwood Ward

In this election you can choose from nine candidates and will have two votes for first and second choice.

Of the two Labour councillors who have represented this ward, only Chris Jackson is re-standing for election as Jeff Lovell has stepped down.

The candidates are:

Crispin Toby John Allard – Liberal Democrats

Robin Victor Clapp – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Zoe Goodman – Labour Party

Harriet Hansen – Green Party

Chris Jackson – Labour Party

Jojimon Kuriakose – Conservative and Unionist Party

Jackie Norman – Liberal Democrats

Barney Smith – Green Party

Sylvia Christine Windows – Conservative and Unionist Party

Knowle ward

In the Knowle ward there are also nine candidates and you will have two votes for first and second choice.

Christopher Davies and Gary Hopkins (both Liberal Democrat) who have been representing this ward are re-standing for election.

The candidates are:

For information about the candidates visit:

Mayor of West of England Combined Authority 

The Mayor of the West of England – also called the ‘Metro Mayor’ – helps direct the overall strategy of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and South Gloucestershire.

Working with the leaders of the three councils, the Mayor has responsibilities in areas such as transport, housing, adult education and skills.

The first Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles (Conservative) who was elected in 2017 is standing down.

You will have two votes for first and second choice from four candidates in the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) mayoral election. They are:

For more information about all the candidates download the official election information booklet (PDF).

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected to hold the police to account. They have responsibility for their police force’s finances and can appoint or dismiss the Chief Constable. Once elected, each PCC must produce a Police and Crime Plan, which sets their priorities for the force.

Since its creation in 2012, the post has been held by Sue Mountstevens who is standing down.

You will have two votes for first and second choice and can choose from five candidates in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Police force area.

These are:

Kerry Barker – Labour Party

Cleo Lake – Green Party

Heather Shearer – Liberal Democrats

Mark Shelford – Conservative and Unionist Party

John Smith – Independent

Find out more about Police and Crime Commissioner elections at the Choose my PCC website.

For more information about all the elections visit: