Bristol City Council

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Bristol City Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Third of council elected three years out of four. This is changing from 2016 to a full council election every 4 years.[1]
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
George Ferguson, Independent
Since 15 November 2012
Clare Campion-Smith
Since 21 May 2015
Seats 1 executive mayor
70 councillors
30 / 70
16 / 70
14 / 70
9 / 70
1 / 70
Supplementary vote
Council last election
2013 (one third of councillors)
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
Mayor last election
15 November 2012
Council next election
2016 (all councillors)[2]
Mayor next election
2020 (all councillors)[3]
Virtute et Industria (By Virtue and Industry)
Meeting place
Bristol Council House - - 197619.jpg
City Hall, College Green, Bristol

Bristol City Council is the local authority of Bristol, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The council is unusual in the United Kingdom local government system in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Bristol, currently George Ferguson. Bristol has 35 wards,[4] electing a total of 70 councilors.[5]


The council was formed by the Local Government Act 1972. It was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the non-metropolitan district of Bristol on 1 April 1974.

It was envisaged through the Local Government Act 1972 that Bristol as a non-metropolitan district council would share power with the Avon County Council. This arrangement lasted until 1996 when Avon County Council was abolished and Bristol City Council gained responsibility for services that had been provided by the county council.

Political composition

The political composition of the council after the 2015 local elections is:[6]

Labour 30

Conservative 16

Green 14

Liberal Democrat 9

UK Independence Party 1

See also


  1. Bristol City Council
  2. Bristol City Council
  3. Bristol City Council
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  5. Bristol City Council
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