New Labour leader elected in Brighton and Hove

Cllr Nancy Platts is set to be the leader of the council in Brighton and Hove after being elected Labour group leader
Cllr Nancy Platts is set to be the leader of the council in Brighton and Hove after being elected Labour group leader

Labour councillors in Brighton and Hove elected Nancy Platts as their new leader this evening (May 13).

And as Labour has the most councillors after the election earlier this month, she's also expected to become the leader of the council.

Cllr Nancy Platts, who represents East Brighton, said: “I feel honoured to lead the Labour Group and have the opportunity to serve the people of Brighton and Hove.

"I want to thank Cllr Daniel Yates for his leadership through the local elections and am delighted that he will continue to be part of our top team. I am excited about delivering our manifesto and working constructively with other parties for the benefit of our city.”

Cllr Yates announced he would step down after a year in charge to make way for a new leader.

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At tonight's meeting of Labour councillors, Cllr Nick Childs (Queen's Park) was elected deputy leader; Cllr Daniel Yates (Moulsecoomb and Bevendean) was elected deputy leader (finance) and Cllr Clare Moonan (Central Hove) was elected chief whip.

At the council's annual general meeting on May 22, Cllr Platts is expected to become leader of the council and Cllr Childs, the deputy leader.

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