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

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

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 3:55 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 8:22 am
Gerald Vernon-Jackson. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Gerald Vernon-Jackson. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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.

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.

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Gerald Vernon-Jackson. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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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