Bristol City Council leader Barbara Janke is standing down
Bristol City Council leader Barbara Janke announced this morning that she is standing down for personal reasons.
The Liberal Democrat Councillor was appointed Leader of Council in June 2003.
Earlier this year she spoke out against the idea of an elected mayor for Bristol, stating that they would be no more than a "professional politician" who could do no better than traditional council leaders.
However, a national poll by the Institute for Government last month claimed 38 per cent of people wanted a directly elected mayor rather than a council leader.
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Mrs Janke's resignation comes exactly a week before the mayoral referendum on May 3.