Labour Councillors in Bristol have elected Councillor Helen Holland as the party's new leader.
Cllr Holland who has represented Whitchurch Park for the last 21 years replaces councillor Peter Hammond who resigned in November 2012 after his party rejected the offer from George Ferguson of seats in his new council cabinet. A decision that left Bristol's new Mayor 'bemused'.
Following the announcement Cllr Holland said:
– Cllr Helen Holland, Bristol Labour Leader
Some might say I've been here before, but the independent Mayor has changed the context and political landscape of Bristol and so this job represents a very different challenge. There's an opportunity here for a new start. Labour's candidates in May will be working in this new environment, and we can learn from them. I relish working on this campaign - which is one where we hope to do well if the national trend is reflected here.