How to vote for Lesley Mansell today

The Metro Mayor election takes place today – your chance to elect the first leader of the new West of England Combined Authority – and we’re urging you to vote for Lesley Mansell, the Labour and Co-operative candidate.

Polling stations

Polling stations will be open from 07:00-22:00.

You can find out where your polling station is by looking at your polling card or you can find your polling station.

You do not need to take your polling card with you.

If you have a postal vote that you have not sent off, you can drop this in to your polling station.

The voting system

The voting system used for this election is the Supplementary Voting System. You are entitled to two votes – one for your first choice, and another for your second choice.  You do not have to vote for a second choice.

If no candidate gets more than 50% plus one vote, then the first round of votes moves into a second round.  Only the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes goes through to the second round.  All the second choices from the candidates who did not go through to the second round are then allocated to the two candidates who remain.

Make your vote count

Your vote will make all the difference in the Metro Mayor election.

Painting the town red for Lesley Mansell

Labour supporters in Bristol are today out and about in an specially-painted election van to turn out the vote for Lesley Mansell.

The van is being driven around Ashley and Easton by volunteers encouraging people to vote for the popular Labour and Co-operative candidate.

The idea was the brainchild of grassroots activists who offered the white vehicle to the campaign. On Bank Holiday Monday, they were joined by graffiti artist John Doh and the transformation began.

Before …

Organiser Dan Fleming said: “It was so inspiring to see the team pull together through the afternoon, and even several typical Bank Holiday thunderstorms could not stop proceedings – tarps came out, and we jury rigged some covered panels to allow us to continue working.

“I’m not artistic by nature so I busied myself with ensuring the team were fed, cooking up food that people had bought down to share on the BBQ, and distributing burgers and sausages as necessary.

“By 7pm the bus was pretty much finished, although we did have to pop back the next morning to finish blocking in some of the colour.

“The day was incredibly fun, and to end up with such an amazing finish was beyond my wildest expectations given how short the notice was. This truly was an example of grassroots activism in action, using our newly expanded membership to pull off something that I really hope will speak to the people of Bristol given our tradition of public art.”

… and after

Lesley Mansell said: “What a brilliant initiative – thanks to everyone involved. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to vote today, and vote Labour.”

  • To find your nearest polling station, contact your local authority 

•Bath & North East Somerset  –  01225 477 333  –  elections@bathnes.gov.uk

•Bristol  –  01179 223 400  –  electoral.services@bristol.gov.uk

•South Gloucestershire  –  01454 863 030  –  electoral.services@southglos.gov.uk

 

Homes and hope – Lesley Mansell sets out her positive vision for the West of England

Lesley Mansell today sets out her positive vision of a new West of England.

Urging people to vote Labour tomorrow, she says the election for Metro Mayor is an opportunity to deliver real change to the region.

She said: “Only Labour can deliver the change we need for everyone to share equally in the region’s success.

“Only Labour will deliver the houses the West of England so desperately needs. Only Labour can deliver the solutions to our transport problems and skills shortages.

“Already in Bristol, with a Labour mayor and a Labour council in less than a year, we are building houses. And just up the road in Stroud, a Labour council is building council homes.

“I will continue this good work, pledging to build 4,000 homes – 1,200 affordable – a year by 2021 across the West of England.

“I have a vision to provide green, reliable and accessible transport, to create better jobs and training opportunities and apprenticeships, to secure the best business deal for the region, including rolling out high-speed internet and promote green energy policies and protect our beautiful countryside.

“But above all, I will provide hope, I will provide change and I will provide the vision, drive and policies to transform the West of England.

“My vision is to deliver for the many, not the few. My vision is to ensure everyone in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire shares equally in our region’s success.”

Lesley Mansell: where are the politics of the Metro Mayor election?

As voters prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, Labour’s Metro Mayor candidate, Lesley Mansell, asks: where have the politics been in this election?

Tomorrow we have a real choice to make. Do we want the Metro Mayor’s £30m annual budget to go into the hands of Conservative? Or into the grasp of the Liberal Democrats?

Because you will see no change if either of them win. The Tories introduced austerity and the Lib Dems enabled it.

Only Labour will transform the way things are done.

But, if you have followed the campaign in the media, you would struggle to tell the parties apart.

All candidates are presented as equals, as blank slates on which to project our Metro Mayor ambitions.

There has been no acknowledgement of party politics. In fact, Stephen Williams – a man who spent five years making cuts alongside the coalition as Communities Minister cabinet – has tried to remove party politics from the election.

“We’re not voting for a party,” he told BCFM’s One Love Breakfast show yesterday.

“We’re voting for individuals,” he added, trying to trivialise the election by turning the spotlight from politics to personality.

That, to me, sounds like someone who is ashamed – or at least embarrassed – about his role in voting for the bedroom tax, for cutting welfare benefits, for supporting millions going to private companies who withhold payments for disabled people and for reducing central government funding of local councils, leading to the cuts being made across the West of England.

This final point is a moot one because no-one, apart from myself, has challenged the Tories for the cuts that have imposed on local authorities.

And no-one, apart from myself at hustings, has challenged the Tories and Lib Dems on their record in government or running the three local authorities and failing to deliver.

In their manifestos both these parties boast they will build houses. Where is the proof? Their record is not of building houses, but of blocking them.

In their manifestos, both parties say they will solve our transport problems. Again where is the proof?  Their record is one of causing travel chaos and congestion that costs us approximately £350m a year.

And why should we trust them on the economy when it is their lack of investment, their cuts, that have devastated our public services? It is their gig economy that has turned secure jobs into vulnerable employment, with zero hours contracts and low wages.

But this election is not only about trust. It’s about delivering, and it’s about change.

Only Labour will deliver the change we need for everyone to share equally in the region’s success.

Only Labour will deliver the houses the West of England so desperately needs. Already in Bristol, with a Labour mayor and a Labour council in less than a year,  we are already building houses. And just up the road in Stroud, a Labour council is building council homes.

I will continue this good work, pledging to build 4,000 homes – 1,200 affordable – a year by 2021 across the West of England.

I have a vision to provide green, reliable and accessible transport, to create better jobs and training opportunities and apprenticeships, to secure the best business deal for the region, including rolling out high-speed internet and promote green energy policies and protect our beautiful countryside.

But above all, I will provide hope, I will provide change and I will provide the vision, drive and policies to transform the West of England.

When this campaign started, we were 18 points behind the Tories. Last week’s Bristol Post poll had us favourites to win.

So this is an election we can win. And if we want to continue the good work being delivered in Bristol by Labour, then it’s an election we MUST win.

Please vote Labour for West of England Metro Mayor tomorrow. And to stop further Conservative cuts on June 8th.

Thangam Debbonaire: “Lesley Mansell is the best candidate for Metro Mayor”

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire has endorsed Lesley Mansell for West of England Metro Mayor.
Thangam said:  “The post of Metro Mayor needs somebody who is going to bring people together to work across the whole of the area of the West of England, so that we can get the housing, infrastructure, and transport that we need to make our region work better.
“Lesley Mansell, Labour candidate for Metro Mayor, is the best placed person to do that and I urge everyone to vote Labour for Lesley on May 4th.”
* You can watch the video here and read Lesley’s manifesto here.

Marvin Rees endorses Lesley Mansell for Metro Mayor

Lesley Mansell and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, has endorsed Lesley Mansell’s campaign, saying she is the best candidate for the job.

He said: “I’m supporting Lesley Mansell and I want you to support Lesley Mansell – our Labour candidate for Metro Mayor of the West of England.

“Lesley is straightforward. We know the values she stands for.

“And also I say something that is very close to my heart in light of my background is I think she understands health, and she understands that health is the ultimate product of the way we do politics and economics.

“There’s no point growing the economy, building houses, if people are getting sicker.

“Understanding health and the health inequalities, which is the ultimate judgement on the failure of our economic system, is a critical insight we need this Metro Mayor to have.

“And as I’ve said many times, the ability to work with people, not slate them.

“You’ve got leaders from the [local] authorities that need to be worked with, and I believe she has those qualities.”

* Lesley’s policies can be downloaded here. You can watch Marvin’s endorsement here.

“I will put equality at the heart of everything I do” – Lesley Mansell launches Equality Charter

Lesley Mansell today pledges to put equality at the heart of everything she will do as Metro Mayor.

The Labour and Co-operative candidate works for the NHS as an equality and diversity manager so, of the candidates in Thursday’s election, is uniquely placed to provide leadership in the role.

She today launches her Equality Charter – a document setting out how social well-being can drive the region’s economic success.

She said: “Equality is at the heart of everything I do. I believe passionately in creating an equal society where no one is left behind, where everyone can enjoy a good quality of life.

“The West of England is an inspiring place to live and work, but not everyone shares equally in its success.

“My Equality Charter (below) explains how I’ll work with businesses, social enterprises, faith groups, voluntary organisations and other groups to tackle the inequalities in economic and social life, opening up access to good training, secure jobs and housing for everyone.”

Among pledges in her manifesto are:

  • Work with stakeholders to remove barriers from participation in employment and training opportunities for disabled people and those with health conditions
  •  Encourage businesses and organisations within the combined authority to implement free childcare schemes for employees
  • Encourage banks and building societies to ensure that no village or rural area is too far from a free cash point
  •  Strengthen collective action across the region to create healthier and more resilient sustainable communities
  • Work with partners across local government and healthcare to strengthen and consolidate public health efforts to reduce health inequalities, preventable death and disease

Her full manifesto can be downloaded here

Metro Mayor Equality Charter

To grow the economy in the West of England we need to engage and consult across all communities to agree priorities and action plans to improve the daily lives of everyone.

I hope businesses, community interest companies, public bodies and others will sign up to the Equality Charter.  

Social well-being is the extent to which you feel a sense of belonging and social inclusion; a connected person is a supported person in society.

Lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs are all important to our social well-being and quality of life. With so many diverse cultures in our environment, there are ample opportunities to be involved in groups, programs or multicultural events. 

Involvement with your own culture can be very rewarding; giving freedom to retain, interpret and express arts, history, heritage and traditions.  Apart from having a positive impact on your well-being, social contacts or networks can assist in building your career path, as well as enhancing your personal creativity and expression.

Participating in various cultural activities is not only good for your health but can also improve life satisfaction and happiness.

I am committed to:

  • working with the Bristol Equality Commissions for Women, Disabled and Older people plus the Bristol Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Forum
  • working with the South Gloucestershire Council Equality Forum and those for Race, Disabled, LGBT and Older people
  • working with Bath and North East Somerset with BEMSCA (Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizen’s Association, SPACE LGBT Youth Group, Bath Gender Equality Network, and the Community Forums in Bath and North East Somerset
  • working with the Avon Trans Network 
  • supporting the Race Commission mooted by Marvin Rees
  • develop and strengthen organisations that provide support to equality communities and individuals

I will:

  • provide support to disabled people during skills training
  • campaign for free child care for parents at work and in skills training
  • campaign for legal recognition of British Sign Language to open up access to jobs, education and social life for Deaf people
  • encourage sign-up to British Standard on Collaboration
  • encourage sign-up to flexible working across all organisations

Lesley Mansell unveils green pledges

Lesley Mansell today pledges to promote green policies as West of England Metro Mayor.

The Labour and Co-operative candidate, who has already pledged to ban fracking in the region, has an impressive array of green policies to protect the environment.

She said: “I will protect the West of England’s natural beauty, aspiring to responsibly and sustainably use its resources to create a low carbon economy with social justice at its heart.”

Among her manifesto pledges, Lesley wants to see:

  • healthy eating in schools through partnerships with local farms
  • local authorities moving to ‘clean vehicles’
  • the West of England Combined Authority running on clean energy only by 2050
  • recycling targets to hit 55% of all waste by 2020
  • the creation of a Clear Air Zone
  • car-sharing schemes established throughout the region
  • more people working from home regularly to ease traffic pollution
  • apply ‘green’ criteria to all funding granted by the Metro Mayor
  • a regional energy company established to encourage investment in carbon-free energy sources

Her full manifesto can be downloaded from here

Lesley has the vision, drive and policies to transform the West of England

“Lesley Mansell has the vision, the drive and the policies to transform the West of England” – that’s the view of Labour’s campaigns chief Andrew Gwynne.

Speaking last night at a fundraising dinner for Bristol East CLP, the party’s national elections and campaign co-ordinator, urged party members and supporters to turn out the Metro Mayor vote on Thursday.

His call was echoed by Kerry McCarthy, standing again for Parliament in next month’s General Election, and by Lesley herself, who said: “Thank you, everyone, for all you’re doing to help with my election. There’s still a few days to go, but we’re on course to win.”

The meal at Raj Mahal restaurant in Stapleton came after hundreds of activists across the West of England hit the streets with Labour’s message of hope for Thursday’s election.

Lesley Mansell has pledged to build more homes, sort out the region’s transport problems, roll out high-speed internet, invest in skills,  jobs and apprenticeships, and promote green energy policies.

Her full manifesto is here.