The Mayor of Bristol says he's bemused after the Labour party rejected his offer of seats in his new council cabinet. George Ferguson was elected as an independent and hopes to put together an all-party coalition.
He's leaving four seats empty for a week to see if Labour officials change their minds.
I believe this decision is entirely correct. Disappointing as it was, Labour did not win the election on the 15th November. The people of Bristol will expect the Mayor to be able to get on with his job and be accountable for his decisions.
Cross-party working with The Mayor, as important as that will be, is not dependent on holding Cabinet places."
The former leader of Bristol City Council has turned down an offer to become Deputy Bristol Mayor. George Ferguson said on twitter it was because of 'family reasons' and he wished the Labour councillor his 'very best'.