Bristol mayor candidate George Ferguson credits Barbara Janke as having 'Bristol at heart'
Architect George Ferguson has credited Barbara Janke, who today announced she was standing down as leader of Bristol City Council, as someone who has done "great things" for Bristol.
However, he added that he believed Mrs Janke had been operating "with one hand tied behind her back" due to a system which was very party political and played "games in the city council".
Mrs Janke announced her resignation as Bristol City Council leader and leader of Bristol's Liberal Democrat Party this morning - just a week before a referendum to decide whether Bristol should have an elected mayor.
The Clifton councillor has been critical of 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.
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Earlier this month, Mr Ferguson become the first candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the Bristol mayor post, which he described as a "vitally important" role.
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