Bristol mayor George Ferguson appoints Guy Poultney, Barbara Janke and Alastair Watson to cabinet
George Ferguson has filled the remaining three seats on his cabinet ahead of a meeting tonight.
Lib Dems Guy Poultney and Barbara Janke and Conservative Alastair Watson will take up the seats left by Labour, who declined to join Mr Ferguson's cabinet.
Mr Poultney is now responsible for housing and planing and Ms Janke will take up health and wellbeing, while Mr Watson's brief will be children and young people.
The new appointments mean Mr Ferguson's cabinet now has three Lib Dems, two Conservatives and one Green Party member.
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It has also been announced that Geoff Gollop will serve as the statutorily-required Deputy Mayor.
George Ferguson said: "I am delighted and somewhat relieved to announce a line-up of six highly experienced, skilled and enthusiastic councillors, from three of the four parties on the council.
"I was, as is well known, hoping for an all party cabinet, but following clarification from the new Labour leader Cllr Helen Holland that their decision cannot be revisited until after the May elections, I have decided to fill the remaining seats.
"Guy brings an infectious enthusiasm and energy to the area of housing and planning; Alastair a gravitas, business acumen and caring approach to the children and young people brief; and Barbara a wealth of experience to look at health and wellbeing.
"I am also grateful to Geoff Gollop for agreeing to become my Deputy Mayor, and who will therefore take over should I carelessly go under a First Bus.
"Alongside the cross-party review groups of councillors looking for compromise ways forward around budget proposals on police and community support officers, capital spending and housing support, and also the new panels of independent expert advisers on areas like the budget and transport, there is a growing mood of Bristol pulling together to draw on a wide range of strengths and opinions to help address our shared challenges."
The new members join Lib Dem Simon Cook (culture, sport and capital programmes), Conservative Geoff Gollop (finance and corporate services) and Green Party's Gus Hoyt (environment, communities and equalities).
The current members of the cabinet will be routinely reviewed for the first time in May.