The Leader of York Council has quit to take up a job in the national Labour Party.
James Alexander led the council when it was widely criticised over the introduction of fines for drivers crossing Lendal Bridge.
In a statement he said:
Despite recently receiving unanimous support in the Labour Group to continue and a part of me wanting to go on, I cannot fully commit to another four years. My new policy role at the national Labour Party is an opportunity I could not turn down.
I am proud of what Labour has achieved under my leadership since 2011, to turn a city in stagnation onto the path to prosperity.
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There are widespread or serious failures that result in children being harmed or at risk of harm. In the delivery of services for looked after children and care leavers these failures result in the welfare of these children not being safeguarded and promoted. Leaders and managers have not been able to demonstrate sufficient understanding of failures and have been ineffective in prioritising, challenging and making improvements.
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