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Christopher Hammond chosen as Southampton council leader

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Image caption Christopher Hammond takes over from Simon Letts

Southampton City Council's controlling Labour group has chosen a new leader after its previous chief lost his seat.

Simon Letts lost in Bitterne ward in the local elections on 4 May after 18 years on the council.

Councillor Christopher Hammond has been chosen with Councillor Jacqui Rayment remaining as deputy leader.

The new leader said: "I am absolutely delighted and humbled to be elected as the group's new leader."

Mr Hammond, who represents Woolston ward, described his predecessor as "a hard act to follow".

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