The Labour group of councillors on Brighton and Hove City Council today elected Cllr Nancy Platts as their new Group Leader.
A former Labour Parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion in the 2010 General Election where she lost to Caroline Lucas MP and Brighton Kemptown in the 2015 General Election where she lost narrowly to the sitting MP, Simon Kirby by 690 votes.
Ms Platts is presently the Labour member for East Brighton which she took in a by-election in February 2018 following the resignation of Cllr Maggie Barradell.
She had previously worked in the office of Labour Leader Jeremy Corby as his Trade Union manager before leaving in March 2017 to take a post in the charity and social sector comms firm, Campaign Collective led by Simon Francis.
Cllr Platts said: “I feel honoured to lead the Labour Group and have the opportunity to serve the people of Brighton and Hove. I want to thank Cllr Daniel Yates for his leadership through the local elections and am delighted that he will continue to be part of our top team. I am excited about delivering our manifesto and working constructively with other parties for the benefit of our City.”
Cllr Nick Childs was elected Deputy Leader; Cllr Daniel Yates elected Deputy Leader (Finance) and Cllr Clare Moonan elected Chief Whip.
It is expected that Cllr Platts will become Leader of the Council and Cllr Childs, the Deputy Leader of the Council at the Council AGM on May 22.