Have your say in the West of England mayoral election

5 April, 2017
On 4th May 2017, the new West of England Combined Authority – alongside five other regions across the country – will be holding elections for metro mayors. 
Devolution will mean that more decisions will be made locally on issues including regional transport, housing, adult education and skills.  Central government has committed to channelling £30m a year towards this fund over a 30-year period.
Mayors will work across their regions to provide a louder voice for local people. They will act as ambassadors to bring together businesses, public service providers and communities to improve the productivity and prosperity of the area. 
Combined Authority Mayors will:
  • Have control over new long term budgets from central government.
  • Implement transport investment, strategic planning, improve skills and invest in new homes.
  • Lobby on behalf of their area, on the issues that matter to local people not only in Westminster, but on the world stage.
  • Work with local business leaders to achieve what’s best for local jobs and the economy.
  • Capitalise on local strengths and assets like our universities, scientific research and innovation.
The names of the six candidates standing in the first West of England Combined Authority Mayoral election have been published. Those standing in the West of England Mayoral election are:
Tim Bowles – The Conservative Party Candidate
Aaron Warren Foot – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Darren Edward Hall – Green Party
Lesley Ann Mansell – Labour and Co-operative Party
John Christopher Savage – Independent
Stephen Williams – Liberal Democrats
Voscur will publish more information about these candidates as they are released, on our news and social media sites.
To vote in this election you need to be on the electoral register of your local authority. The deadline to register to vote in this election is Thursday 13 April at midnight. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
To find out more about the combined authority mayoral elections, click here.
For answers to some frequently asked questions, click here.
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