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By Matthew Barrett
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Earlier this year, Bristol voted for a directly-elected mayor. When it elects its first mayor later this year, it will join a select group of cities and local authorities to have such a position – after many cities voted down government referendums in May.

Congratulations to Geoff Gollop, who was chosen last night as the Conservative candidate for the mayoralty of Bristol. Cllr Gollop represents the Westbury-on-Trym ward on Bristol City Council, and is currently the Deputy Lord Mayor, having been Lord Mayor last year.

Cllr Gollop defeated former Lord Mayor and leader of the Council's Conservatives, Peter Abrahams, and former Councillor Barbara Lewis.

Cllr Gollop told the Bristol Post he intends to campaign on transport, education and deprivation. He said:

"I am absolutely delighted to have been selected. I want to have a positive clean campaign with none of the petty back stabbing that goes on in local government at the moment. We need clear policies that will work in the long term and not just short-term fixes."

Cllr Gollop will fight it out with Labour, Lib Dem, Respect, and Green party candidates, plus a number of independents, on the 15th November.

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