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Paul Scriven retains leadership of Sheffield Council

Paul Scriven
Paul Scriven said he would use his powers sensibly

Sheffield City Council has re-elected its Liberal Democrat leader.

A new system means that Paul Scriven and his cabinet now have complete power over decisions despite not having a majority in the council.

Mr Scriven said he would use his new power sensibly and work to put Sheffield first rather than his political party.

Despite Labour making gains in the local election they did not stand anyone against Mr Scriven.

Mr Scriven said: "I want to use the powers sensibly. I want a new style of politics, so I still want to reach out and work with the other leaders of the groups and be independent.

"Just because I have powers it doesn't mean I can't work more cooperatively and in a way that puts city first rather than my powers or my party."

The council is made up of 42 Liberal Democrat councillors, 39 from Labour, two Green councillors and one independent.

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