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Bristol's newly-elected Mayor has appealed to Labour councillors to take up his offer of seats on the city's cabinet.
George Ferguson wants to spread the top jobs among each of the main parties, but Labour's National Executive overruled a local decision to do so and has told Councillors aligned with the party not to join in.
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'.
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Following Labour's decision not to join George Ferguson's all-party coalition cabinet, the leader of the party in Bristol has resigned.