Labour leader in Brighton and Hove to step down

Cllr Daniel Yates, leader of the Labour Party on Brighton and Hove City Council, announced he is to step down
Cllr Daniel Yates, leader of the Labour Party on Brighton and Hove City Council, announced he is to step down

The leader of the Labour Party in Brighton and Hove has announced he is to step down just days after his party won the most seats in the city council elections.

Cllr Daniel Yates, who has served as leader of Brighton and Hove City Council since May last year, made the announcement on Twitter this morning (May 6).

After the city went to the polls on Thursday (May 2), Labour won 20 of 54 seats, with the Greens taking 19, the Conservatives 14, and one independent being elected.

This weekend, Cllr Yates called for a 'progressive alliance' in the city between Labour and the Greens following the election.

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But today, he said: "I have just informed my colleagues that I won’t be standing to continue as group leader or city council leader after the AGM later this month. Being leader has been the greatest privilege and biggest challenge but it’s left me exhausted for all sorts of reasons

"I will continue as council leader until 22/5 and will continue as ward councillor for the next four years. I am committed to supporting the next leader however they wish. Labour's values and principles are in my blood and our manifesto for the city will guide me

"I hope the city can move forward collaboratively together and that politics can contribute to that rather than inhibiting it."