The race for the Bristol mayoral election is getting tighter, according to bookmakers.
In just two days time, people across the Bristol region will be voting in up to four elections.
One of those elections will be for the next Bristol Mayor, meaning voters will get to choose the individual who will run the city for the next three years in Bristol’s third ever election for city mayor.
And, with just days to go until the election, bookmakers are continuing to take bets on who will be the next Bristol Mayor.
Looking at Ladbrokes, the bookmaker continues to expect Marvin Rees for the Labour party to keep his post – as of May 4, the odds have him as the 1/8 favourite to win.
He continues to be followed by Sandy Hore-Ruthven for the Green Party, whose chances have marginally improved from 6/1 to 5/1.
At the same time, Ladbrokes seems to think there is less of a chance of Alastair Watson from the Conservatives being the next Bristol Mayor, with his odds to win the election coming in at 50/1 now, compared to 33/1 nearly two weeks ago.
Who are the candidates for Mayor of Bristol in the 2021 election?
Click on the candidate’s name to read a profile and watch one-minute videos in which each candidate explains why people should vote for them:
Tom Baldwin from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is campaigning on an anti-austerity ticket.
Robert Clarke the Candidate for Reform UK, formerly the Brexit Party, calls for Bristol to be a ‘lockdown free zone’.
Pub landlord Sean Donnelly pledges to revitalise city centre landmarks and boost tourism.
Liberal Democrats’ Caroline Gooch plans to scrap the mayor and offers a plan for leading the city’s post covid recovery in the meantime.
The Green Party’s Sandy Hore-Ruthven says he has a plan for Bristol’s economic recovery.
Independent John Langley says party politics MUST be put to one side and pledges to end ‘protest tourism’.
The current mayor Marvin Rees has set out what he wants to achieve if he’s elected for a second term.
23-year-old drama student Oska Shaw is running a ‘Rights for Nature’ election campaign.
Conservative candidate Alastair Watson wants to abolish the office of Mayor of Bristol.
Odds for the other mayoral candidates have remained the same and are:
– Caroline Gooch (Lib Dem): 66/1
– Sean Donnelly (Ind): 100/1
– Robert Clarke (Reform UK): 200/1
– Tom Baldwin (TUSC): 200/1
– John Langley (Ind): 500/1
– Oska Shaw (Ind): 500/1
Ladbrokes explained on Twitter that the odds change depending on how much money they take on the various candidates.
Local and mayoral elections were due to take place last May, but they were postponed at the beginning of the covid crisis last March because of the threat posed by the virus.
You can find out more about the Bristol Mayoral election here.
Also on May 6, the city will also decide what the make-up of the council chamber will look like as the 34 wards across Bristol head to the polls to elect the city’s 70 councillors. You can see the full list of candidates for the Bristol City Council election here.
The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Combined Authority Mayor for the West of England (WECA) elections are also on the same day – meaning we will be voting on four elections on May 6.