Former MP Dan Norris has been selected as the Labour Party’s candidate for the West of England mayoral election taking place on May 6th next year, when he will attempt to defeat Tory incumbent Tim Bowles.
On a turnout of 41.9%, it was a closely fought selection race, with Labour in the South West of England reporting that 1,611 Labour members voted for Norris and 1,558 for rival candidate Helen Godwin.
Norris tweeted: “Thank you to all @UKLabour members from across our party who supported me to be your West of England metro mayor. My thanks too, to @helengt76 for a fair & friendly contest.
“Now the real campaign begins. In May we face the first ever Covid election, in truly uncertain times. It is a privilege to be selected as your Labour candidate.
“I know people across the West of England feel let down by the Conservatives [and] are worried about their health, education [and] livelihoods. These are tough times. I will listen [and] lead so together we can build a better future.”