Announcing his resignation, the leader of the Labour party in Bristol, Peter Hammond said:
The announcement came after the Labour party rejected the offer from George Ferguson of seats in his new council cabinet. A decision that left Bristol's new Mayor 'bemused'.
Mr Ferguson was elected as an Independent earlier this month and hopes to put together an all-party coalition. He says he will leave the seats empty for a week to see if Labour Officials change their minds.
Labour's council leader Peter Hammond has resigned over the party's decision not to join George Ferguson's all-party coalition cabinet.
The Labour party has turned down the offer of Cabinet places from the recently elected Independent Bristol Mayor.
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'.
Former Bristol MP Tony Benn is to have his old office in the city named after him later this month. It's the latest in a series of honours bestowed by the city, which he represented for 33 years.
Now aged 87, he's lost little of his campaigning zeal, or popularity with Labour grassroots, as our political correspondent Bob Constantine discovered when he caught up with him at the party conference in Manchester.