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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
Lib Dems take control of Bristol
The head of the Lib Dems on Bristol City Council has been chosen as the authority's new leader.

Barbara Janke's party overtook Labour in the May elections to become the biggest group on the council, increasing its seats from 27 to 32.

Labour lost four seats leaving it with 27 councillors, while the Tories have 11. No party has overall control.

Councillor Peter Abraham was, as widely-predicted, elected as Lord Mayor of the city.

New Cabinet
Simon Cook: deputy leader / health promotion / leisure
Jos Clark: Children's services
Anne White: Economic development / regeneration
Steve Comer: Resources / central services
John Kiely: Housing / adult services here
Dennis Brown: Transport
Gary Hopkins: Sustainable environment / neighbourhoods

Councillor Janke said: "My cabinet colleagues bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to the task.

"They will provide an excellent leadership team that can take Bristol forward.

"We are determined to ensure the city council becomes an authority that listens to local people, puts their needs first, delivers the services they want and provides value for money in everything it does.

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