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Types of election and election results

Types of election and election results

The different types of election, when they’re happening and election results for Bristol.

May's local and mayoral elections in England have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Everyone in the Bristol City Council area is represented by:

  • one, two or three councillors depending on the size of the ward they live in
  • the Mayor of Bristol City
  • the Combined Authority (WECA) mayor
  • the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset
  • a Member of Parliament (MP)
  • six Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

Find out what elections you're eligible to vote in.

Types

Last election Next election
Local elections 5 May 2016 May 2021 - TBC
Mayor of Bristol 5 May 2016 May 2021 - TBC
PCC election 5 May 2016 May 2021 - TBC
WECA mayor 4 May 2017 TBD
General election 12 December 2019 TBD
European Parliamentary election 23 May 2019 TBD
Referendum 23 June 2016 TBD

 

Types of elections

Local elections

They’re held once every four years on the first Thursday of May using the first past the post system. Most of the wards within Bristol are multi-member wards.

There could also be an election known as a by-election in a specific area if a councillor needs to be replaced.

What they are

In a local election you’re voting to elect councillors of Bristol who will represent your views for the wards, or area, where you live.

There are:

  • 34 electoral wards in Bristol
  • 70 elected councillors

Find your ward and councillor.

Local election results

All election results since 1995 on Open Election Data site

You can see: 

  • results for the 16 January 2020 Brislington East by-election
  • results for the 24 May 2018 Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze by-election
  • details for the 5 May 2016 Local Elections:
    • Webcast of the 2016 declarations
    •  Local election citywide turnout
    •  Local election turnout by Ward

Mayor of Bristol election

Mayoral elections are held every four years on the first Thursday of May using the supplementary voting system

Marvin Rees is the elected Mayor of Bristol. Find out more about him.

Mayoral election results

You can view the:

  • Bristol Mayoral Election results and turnout for 2016 and 2012 on our website
  • Webcast of the Bristol Mayoral Election Results 2016 on the Council’s YouTube channel

West of England Combined Authority Mayor election

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) was established in February 2017.

Tim Bowles (Conservative Party) was elected the WECA Mayor on Thursday 4 May 2017.

The WECA will be led by the elected WECA Mayor (sometimes referred to as the Metro Mayor). Elections for the WECA Mayor are held every four years on the first Thursday of May.

You can view West of England Combined Authority Mayoral Election 4 May 2017 results

Find out more about devolution and the role of the Combined Authority Mayor.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset election

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections are held every four years on the first Thursday of May using the supplementary voting system.

The current Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset is Sue Mountstevens.

Find out about the role of the PCC on the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website.

UK Parliamentary (General) elections

A UK Parliamentary General Election was held in Bristol on Thursday 12 December 2019.

What it is

In general elections, you elect somebody to represent you in Parliament, as a Member of Parliament (MP), in a parliamentary constituency.
Bristol City Council area has four consistuencies:

  • Bristol East
  • Bristol North West
  • Bristol South
  • Bristol West

See the MPs details for Bristol constituencies.

Visit the UK parliament website for information about the role of MPs and the work of parliament.

Past General Election results

You can see the: 

European Parliamentary elections

What it is

In European Parliamentary Elections, you voted to elect somebody to represent you in the European Parliament as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

There were 12 European electoral regions in the UK. Each region had between three and 10 MEPs. Bristol is in the South West region and has six MEPs.

From 31 January the UK doesn’t have any MEPs following its departure from the European Union.

Past European Parliamentary election results

You can find details about MEPs, as well as information about their roles and the role of the European Parliament, on the europarl.org.uk website.

You can view the:

Referendums

A referendum is a vote by the electorate on a single question.

Past referendum results

You can see: 

Business Improvement Districts ballots

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are partnerships set up to improve particular commercial areas. 

Businesses in the area can take part in a ballot to choose whether to pay a percentage of their rateable value on top of their business rates to fund projects which benefit local businesses.

For information, results of BID votes and notices of BID ballots for current or recent BIDs visit our business improvement districts page.

Business Improvement District (BID)