Press release issued: 16 February 2012
Contentious plans to introduce an elected mayor and overhaul the way Bristol is governed will come under the spotlight at a public debate featuring voices from both sides of the argument. The event, organised by the University of Bristol, looks set to address many of the issues which have arisen from the proposal to introduce a Boris Johnson-style leader to run the city.
Bristolians have the chance to vote for or against an elected mayor at a referendum on May 3 – a result which could spark the beginning of the biggest upheaval to local democracy since the dissolution of Avon County Council in 1996.
The Bristol University debate takes place on Wednesday, 22 February in the Conference Hall of Bristol City Council at 7pm.
Professor Alex Marsh, Professor of Public Policy in the School for Policy Studies, will be joined by Bristol-based broadcaster Chris Serle, who is chairing the debate. Panellists also include:
Audience members are invited to submit questions in advance and they will be given the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the debate using hand held devices.
Issues which will be addressed include whether an elected mayor would ensure stronger leadership and better management of Bristol; would it enhance or damage local democracy; the cost of reorganising the council; the length of time councillors and mayors should serve between elections; and what problems would an elected mayor solve.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the event begins at 7pm on Wednesday, 22 February. The event is free but booking is required online: bristolmayordebate.eventbrite.co.uk.
For further information or to submit a question, please contact Amanda Edmondson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0117 33 18313. Please submit your question together with your full name, email address, phone number and home postcode.
University of Bristol,
Bristol, BS8 1TH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 9000