Martin said of George and his campaign: “I don’t rush around the country supporting everyone running as an independent, but every now and then I come out of hiding when I feel there is a candidate really worthy of support.“I have experienced how political parties work in Government, and the sheer power of the whips, and the extent with which they persuade people to go along with the party rhetoric.
“I knew there must be a better way to run our politics than this.
“When I heard that Bristol had decided it wanted a mayor and discovered that George Ferguson was running as an independent, I thought he was the perfect candidate.
“I am not denigrating any of the other candidates but here is a man who will simply represent the people, not just a political party.
“I hope he gets elected as mayor on Friday - I believe he will.”