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Re-elected mayor pays tribute to brother

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Marvin Rees has been re-elected Mayor of Bristol, and he concluded his victory speech by talking about his brother.

Martin Luther Walker, from St Werburgh’s, died unexpectedly aged 41 towards the end of last year and was described as an “unbelievably gifted rapper and poet” who had the “biggest smile and even bigger heart”.

The Mayor concluded his speech by paying tribute to his brother, and said: “Last but not least, I just wanted to say something very personal.

“I lost my brother in December and I dreamed that, if I was to win, I would be able to stand on stage and say ‘Martin, you know, you will never be forgotten to me’.”

Described by many as a Bristol legend, Martin was one of Bristol’s most well-known rappers and a video tribute of his greatest hits was made after his death, and a big mural to him appeared in St Werburgh’s.

In tributes paid at the time, Martin’s sister Hayley Schwab said: “He was an extremely loving man to his son Marlie and step-daughter Lola that he doted on very much and loved unconditionally; their loving mum; his queen and beautiful mother Pauline; his seven very proud siblings; and an abundance of extended family/chosen family and friends who will cherish his memory forever.

“Each of our memories has a soundtrack of its own and because my brother was loved by so many.”

Mr Rees, for the Labour Party, has tonight been re-elected Mayor of Bristol for a second term.

He first run to be Bristol Mayor in 2012, but he was then beaten by independent George Ferguson – who became Bristol’s first elected city mayor.

However, Mr Rees won the 2016 election and, on that day in May 2016, Bristol became the first major European city to have elected a mayor of black African heritage.

It is the second big win for Labour in the region tonight, in two results that buck the national trend.

On Saturday afternoon, Dan Norris was elected the next mayor of the West of England, with Labour gaining the position from the Conservatives.

Voters went to the polls in Bristol and beyond on May 6 in what was dubbed Super Thursday, one of the biggest sets of local elections for many years.

On Friday evening the race to become Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner was won by Conservative Mark Shelford.

Further results for the Bristol area are being declared over the weekend.

We are now just waiting for the results for the Bristol City Council election, which will be declared on Sunday.

All 70 seats on Bristol City Council are up for grabs as votes are counted for all 34 wards across the city.

Local and mayoral elections were due to take place last May, but they were postponed at the beginning of the covid crisis last March because of the threat posed by the virus.

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