Bristol

Bristol city council party leader confirmed

The Liberal Democrats on Bristol City Council have re-elected Barbara Janke as their leader.

The group lost control of the council at the local elections last Thursday, losing five seats in total.

Negotiations are continuing on whether the group will lead as minority administration or make a pact with another party.

Meanwhile, the Labour group has elected St George West councillor Peter Hammond as leader, succeeding Helen Holland.

The college lecturer said: "As the new Labour leader in Bristol I can promise that Labour will energetically hold the Lib Dems and the Tories to account for showing no regard for those in our city who have been hit hardest by the cuts - the elderly, families on low incomes, single parents, women and disabled people."

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