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19th February 2016

The election of the Bristol Mayor is due on the 5th May and a group of students recently asked some hugely challenging questions of 5 of the mayoral candidates, as the race for the position begins. 

Students with candidates

Students with candidates

Candidates Kay Bernard (Liberal Democrats) Laurence Duncan (Independent) Tony Dyer (Green Party) Matt Pitts (UKIP) and Marvin Rees (Labour)  all attended the event, where they delivered a short pitch and then answered a round of questions from students. Unable to make the event due to a meeting in Sheffield, current Bristol Mayor George Ferguson also sent a video, which was played to the young audience amongst the pitches.

After the pitches were delivered, the floor was opened up for questions and a number of enthusiastic hands rose straight into the air. The candidates were asked a range of perceptive questions which dealt with important issues surrounding mental health, housing, transport and inequality.

The husting session ended with the passionate students casting their votes on who they would want to see elected. Securing a massive 70% of the votes and winning the mock election was Labour candidate Marvin Rees.