Bristol City Council: Labour members join mayor's cabinet

  • 14 May 2013
  • From the section Bristol
Mark Bradshaw and Brenda Massey
Image caption Councillors Mark Bradshaw and Brenda Massey have joined the mayor's cabinet

Bristol's Labour party is to join the mayor's cross-party cabinet.

The party turned down an offer to take part after the mayoral elections in November but will now fill two posts.

Councillors Mark Bradshaw and Brenda Massey will take on portfolios which are yet to be confirmed.

Mayor George Ferguson thanked Labour leader Helen Holland for the "maturity of their actions" for putting the interests of Bristolians "ahead of confrontational party politics".

'Passion for Bristol'

"I have always wanted to reflect the plurality of Bristol's voters, as far as it is possible, through the make-up of my cabinet," he said.

"Equally, the real challenges that our city face and the great opportunities open to us means it is important I can draw on the full range of talent, experience and passion for Bristol on offer from amongst the 70 councillors from whom the law requires that I draw my cabinet."

Ms Holland said the Labour group welcomed the mayor's agreement to its conditions for participation in the cabinet, recording votes, and the use of scrutiny to develop and review options for the city's future.

"We also recognise his stated commitment to cabinet members being able to develop policy options, as well as our wider role in holding the mayor accountable," she added.

Following the recent local elections Mr Ferguson said he hoped all four parties would let their members join his cabinet, but insisted he would continue to take personal responsibility for all major decisions.

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