Gerald Vernon-Jackson replaces Donna Jones as Portsmouth City Council leader

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Gerald Vernon-Jackson has been elected as the new leader of Portsmouth City Council, replacing Donna Jones.

The Liberal Democrat leader on the city council won 21 votes during today’s full council meeting, beating Cllr Jones - the council’s Conservative party leader - by one vote.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Gerald Vernon-Jackson. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Cllr Jones first took on the role of city council leader in 2014, replacing Cllr Vernon Jackson.

It comes after no party won a majority on Portsmouth City Council in the local elections earlier this month.

The Conservatives will remain the largest party on the councils but do not have overall control.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson has served on the city council since 2003.

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