BREAKING: Olivia Blake appointed as deputy leader of Sheffield Council

Walkley ward member Olivia Blake is the new deputy leader of Sheffield Council, replacing Leigh Bramall. Pictured with leader Julie Dore by the Women of Steel statue.
Walkley ward member Olivia Blake is the new deputy leader of Sheffield Council, replacing Leigh Bramall. Pictured with leader Julie Dore by the Women of Steel statue.
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Sheffield Council has appointed a new deputy leader.

Walkley ward member Olivia Blake will replace Leigh Bramall, who stepped down last month.

Coun Blake, who only joined the council in 2014, was chosen by the controlling Labour group last night.

She was previously a cabinet adviser for health and social care.

It is the first time both the leader and deputy have been women.

She said: “I am honoured that the Labour group have elected me as the new deputy leader of the council.

"Leigh Bramall will be a hard act to follow as deputy leader but I am excited to have the opportunity to serve our wonderful city at such an important time.

"Working with council leader Julie Dore I am committed to delivering Labour’s ambitious agenda to take Sheffield forward, to continue to stand up for Sheffield and fight the Government’s austerity agenda.”

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Coun Dore added: “I’m delighted to welcome Olivia as the new deputy leader.

"It’s important that we continue to have a strong team fighting for Sheffield and I am confident that with Olivia’s dynamism, hard work and determination she’ll do a great job for Sheffield. Olivia will bring a fresh approach and new ideas and I am really looking forward to working with her.”

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