Christopher Hammond chosen as Southampton council leader
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".