18,495 more West of England people are out of work since lockdown began according to new figures released today.

There are now 31,595 people in the city aged between 16 and 64 claiming unemployment related benefits.

The news came as national labour market stats showed the number of people reporting they had been made redundant rose to a record high of 370,000 in the three months to October.

Mr Norris, who has pledged to be a “jobs first” Metro Mayor, said “Not only are these worrying figures but we must remember that behind every number is a struggling family. Many families will be facing Christmas with worry and uncertainty.

I also believe that it is not a coincidence that redundancies escalated to record levels whilst the clock was ticking down to the end of the furlough first planned by the Chancellor before his last minute U-turn. I hope he has learnt from this and call on him to clarity right now ahead of the next furlough cliff edge in January.

The UK is now is the worst recession of any major economy and West of England people are counting the cost.”

Dan Norris thanks Keir Starmer

Dan Norris thanks Keir Starmer for ‘unlocking’ West of England election

Dan Norris speaks to BBC Breakfast

Speaking on BBC Breakfast Dan Norris thanked Keir Starmer for ‘unlocking’ the election in the West of England, saying he had made it possible for people to listen to Labour’s message and that was why the result was so good.

Thank you. It is an honour to be elected as your Metro Mayor

Labour’s Dan Norris has been elected Metro Mayor of the West of England – a Labour gain.

The results of the closely contested seat were announced aboard the SS Great Britain at 4.35pm.

Speaking after the results were announced newly elected Mayor Dan Norris said: “It’s a huge honour to be elected as Metro Mayor for an amazing part of the world that I am so proud to call home. I will show the difference an active Metro Mayor makes for our region. This role is about collaboration and I will be a Metro Mayor who listens carefully and works cooperatively. I’m determined to hit the ground running with a Jobs and Skills summit in my first 100 days and my Green Recovery Plan. I also know that the pandemic has been tough and as we build back, invest in jobs and our high streets, we must learn key lessons. Together we can create a society where we keep looking out for each other and value what’s truly important.”

Dan Norris is a former Environment Minister and child protection officer. He lives in Pensford and enjoys walks with his dog Angel.

The final results were:

Labour Dan Norris, Final total votes125,482, Share 59.5%
Conservative Samuel Williams, Final total votes, 85,389, Share 40.5%

Take your mask, get set, vote!

Local residents will be heading to the polls to vote for a new Metro Mayor for the West of England on Thursday 6 May.

The result was extremely close last time the election was held back in 2017 when the Conservatives won with Labour just three per cent behind.

Despite it being an important role with a multi million budget, in the last four years the Tory Metro Mayor has been invisible with a survey showing he is the least well known in the UK.

Labour’s Dan Norris who is best placed to beat the Tories says its time for new leadership.

Voters are asked to wear a mask to the polling station and to remain socially distanced.