Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds City Council elects Judith Blake as first female leader

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Image caption Judith Blake has taken over as council leader and leader of the Labour group

The first female leader of Leeds City Council has been elected.

Former deputy leader Judith Blake has taken over from Keith Wakefield, who stood down in April after 12 years.

Ms Blake, a Labour councillor for Middleton Park ward, said she was "delighted to be given this opportunity".

She will also take over as leader of Leeds Labour group. Mr Wakefield will continue to serve as the ward councillor for Kippax and Methley.

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