Conservatives select new leader in Brighton and Hove

Conservative councillor Steve Bell, with his fellow Woodingdean ward colleague Cllr Dee Simson, celebrating their re-election to Brighton and Hove City Council last week (Credit: Sarah Booker Lewis, local democracy reporter)
Conservative councillor Steve Bell, with his fellow Woodingdean ward colleague Cllr Dee Simson, celebrating their re-election to Brighton and Hove City Council last week (Credit: Sarah Booker Lewis, local democracy reporter)

Brighton and Hove Conservative councillors have selected Steve Bell as their new leader after Tony Janio stepped down.

Cllr Bell was re-elected to the Woodingdean ward in the council elections last week, and will now lead the party's 14 councillors on Brighton and Hove City Council.

Previous leader Cllr Tony Janio stepped down after what he called a 'kicking' in the local elections last week.

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Kristy Adams, the former parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives in Hove, tweeted: "Congratulations to @SKJBell chosen by his colleagues to lead the conservatives on Brighton & Hove Council."

The Labour leader Cllr Daniel Yates is also set to step down, despite his party winning the most seats on the council.

Read more: Labour leader in Brighton and Hove to step down