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Operation Black Vote alumni elected mayor of Bristol

VICTORY: Marvin Rees

IN A triumphant comeback from his 2012 defeat, Operation Black Vote alumni Marvin Rees has been elected as the new mayor of Bristol.

The father-of-three beat out the incumbent mayor George Ferguson of the Bristol First party to be the first directly elected mayor of African-Caribbean descent in the UK.

The result was declared in Whitchurch Saturday afternoon (May 7) confirming that the newly elected mayor achieved 68,750 votes compared to Ferguson who achieved 39,577 votes.

Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote spoke to The Voice ahead of the announcement sharing optimism that the OBV alumni was on the precipice of a major achievement.

He said: “If both Marvin, this young black man and Sadiq [Khan] win I think this the best day in British politics since the gang of four in 1987. It will be a historic day that a young Caribbean man and Sadiq Khan win and now run two major UK cities.

"We’re extremely proud of Marvin Rees because he is one of our alumni who came through the shadowing process.”

The win is a gain for the Labour party as the Bristol-born politician joins new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as the second Labour mayor of a major city.

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