Meanwhile, there are 13 candidates for the mayoral election, including six independents. George Ferguson is on there twice, having withdrawn his nomination then presumably changed his mind. The Wessex Regionalists have opposed the creation of mayors for some parts of the country, believing it to be based on a desire for "strong" top-down governance, and tied to a city-regions model that ill-serves the proportion of the population that doesn't live in cities (a minority nationally, but a three-quarters majority in Wessex),. One of the latest proposals is for a mayor of East Anglia, and if you think that sounds weird, you begin to see the nature of the problem. Because of this, I feel it would be wrong of me to make a recommendation for an office we don't believe should exist.
I shall be attending a candidate briefing on Wednesday evening, and will let you know more after the event.