Tim Bowles becomes our first Metro Mayor
Published on: 30 May 2017
CONSERVATIVE Tim Bowles has been chosen as the first regional mayor for the West of England.
He triumphed in the “metro mayor’ elections which took place last month in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset.
Mr Bowles, a councillor in Winterbourne, narrowly defeated Labour’s Lesley Mansell in the second stage of the contest. The other four candidates, Lib Dem Stephen Williams, independent John Savage, Green Darren Hall and UKIP’s Aaron Foot were eliminated after the first round of voting.
The post has been created to allow devolution of some powers, funding and responsibilities from central Government to the regions.
Mr Bowles will work with the leaders of the three local authorities, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Matthew Riddle, leader of South Gloucestershire Council and Tim Warren, leader of B&NES.