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Gary Hopkins chosen as Bristol Liberal Democrats leader

Liberal Democrat councillor Garry Hopkins
Image caption Gary Hopkins has been chosen as the new leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Bristol City Council

The Liberal Democrat group on Bristol City Council has chosen a new leader.

Councillor Gary Hopkins, who represents Knowle, will succeed Tim Kent. Councillor Clare Campion-Smith will be his deputy, the party has announced.

Meanwhile, Bristol's longest serving councillor Peter Abraham is to step down as Conservative group leader.

Mr Abraham has been a councillor for almost 50 years and leader of the Tory group for more than 20 years.

His successor will be chosen at a meeting of the Conservative group on Thursday.

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