LIVE: Labour and Greens join forces at Sheffield Council as new leader is announced
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It has just been announced that the Labour Party and the Greens have joined forces to from a new co-operative administration.
The annual general meeting of the council has moved from its traditional home in the Town Hall because the 84 councillors plus officers cannot fit into the chamber and socially distance.
The temporary venue will be Ponds Forge, which has hosted local election counts in the past, and members of the public were asked to register their attendance in advance and advised to do a lateral flow test.
The first item will be the Mayor making, the civic ceremony where outgoing Lord Mayor Tony Downing will hand over the chains of office to his Deputy and incoming Lord Mayor Gail Smith. A new Deputy will also be chosen.
Next will be the appointment of a new Leader of the Council.
A Cabinet will be chosen because, although the referendum voted in favour of switching to committees, these still need to be arranged and implemented.
Councillors will then be expected to approve the governance referendum, which will eventually see the Cabinet scrapped and replaced with a committee system.
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Sheffield Council to reveal leader, coalition and changes to decision making
- Sheffield will see a groundbreaking council meeting today (Wednesday) with a new Leader, a new coalition, a new way of making decisions and a new venue
- Follow our live blog here for all the latest developments.
2.35pm - Here’s the new council cabinet
Cabinet reshuffles are quite common at Sheffield Council but this year it has an unprecedented blend of red and green.
2.20pm - Meet the new lord mayor
Councillor Gail Smith became the new Lord Mayor of Sheffield during a historic meeting today.
2.10pm - This is why the Lib Dems opted out
Labour and the Green Party have announced they will lead Sheffield Council together, putting an end to two weeks of speculation about how the city will be ruled.
2pm - Co-operative administration revealed
Sheffield Council will be run under a co-operative administration between Labour and the Green Party.