Could Keynsham’s former MP become Bristol’s first elected mayor?
By JoannaPazucha | Monday, May 21, 2012, 11:42
Former Keynsham MP Dan Norris has decided to stand as a Labour candidate for the elected position of Mayor of Bristol and has been quoted by Ladbrokes at 6/1.
If successful in his bid, Mr Norris would become the 'Boris of Bristol' according to Prime Minister David Cameron who wanted to see the equivalent of a Boris Johnson in every major UK city.
Mr Norris is one of five Labour candidates, which include the former Labour Councillor Kelvin Blake, Labour leader Peter Hammond (6/1); former council leader Helen Holland (8/1); and party activist Marvin Rees (12/1).
Opinions on Mr Norris's chances are mixed on the Labout Uncut website.
Richard Paul Wyatt said: "Labour badly needs to select someone who can actually win Bristol. Someone who can appeal to people on all political sides and, crucially, be a credible, innovative, media-friendly figure for the party. For that reason it's got to be Dan Norris."
However, John Ruddy countered: "Dan Norris? If he couldnt beat Jacob "The Reform Act is a jolly bad piece of legislation" Rees-Mogg, then what makes you think he can win the mayoral election?"
An MP between 1997 and 2010, Mr Norris voted in favour of gay rights, foundation hospitals, the Iraq War, replacing Trident and university tuition fees in Parliament.
He was replaced by Tory Jacob Rees Mogg, who won the Keynsham seat in 2010.
Architect and independent George Ferguson is currently the front runner at 2/1.