North Somerset Council has appointed a new leader after no single party gained enough seats for overall control in the local elections earlier this month.

The council announced on Friday that Liberal Democrat Mike Bell would take charge of a partnership administration.

It is made up of councillors from the Liberal Democrats, Labour, Greens and as well as various independents.

This year is the second election running that has resulted in power sharing between these political groups.

Mr Bell said: “Local people told us that they wanted councillors to work together across the political groups to get things done.

“We will try to do just that in a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation that puts local people first.”

He added that he was looking forward to leading a council “that is so determined to deliver on its promises to our communities”.

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