In a referendum held on 3 May 2012, the citizens of Bristol voted in favour of a Directly Elected Mayor (DEM) to lead the city by a margin of around 5,100 votes. From a turnout of 24%, 41,032 people voted in favour of a mayor, while 35,880 voted against. The election of the new mayor took place in November 2012.
This innovative project has gathered information on stakeholders’ views before and after the introduction of the mayoral model of governance in the city. In doing so we will both monitor the impact of and contribute to the development of the new system. We are currently gathering views on the impact of the mayoral model in Bristol from different civic leaders.