George Ferguson

Whatever happens on the 5th of May, I shall forever be grateful to Bristol for having given me this unique opportunity. The last three and a half years have been remarkable. Throughout them, I have engaged with this city like never before and had the privilege of representing it across the world.
Our city should look to a cocktail of issues to address social inequality rather than resorting to just one, two or three because, as research and experience shows, the causes of poverty and deprivation are enormously complex. Bristol needs leadership that not only understands this but is prepared to see the necessary action through to craft a pathway to much greater equality of opportunity for all.
Since arriving on Monday it has been exciting and informative to meet with delegates from across the world who are promoting
The mayor of Bristol has urged people who support refugees' right to settle in the UK to fight "nasty" elements of the press
Picture the scene of a man stood atop a tank breaking a Palestinian flag over his knee, familiar imagery from the West Bank
I have a deep respect for the city in which I was born and raised in. That pride increases not due to great feats of architecture, such as the intended arena, but due to pioneering initiatives such as the Bristol pound. I am proud to be part of a community that embraces asylum-seekers, refugees and immigrants and celebrates our diversity. I hope that in four years time I can add the fact we have a mayor to that list. Only time will tell and the clock is ticking.