Elected As Leader


Councillor Chris Hammond is the new Leader of Southampton Labour

Southampton Council’s Labour Group chose Councillor Christopher Hammond to lead the Labour Group and the city, and re-elected Cllr Jacqui Rayment as Deputy Leader tonight.

The vote to formally elect the Leader of the Council will take place on Wednesday 16th May.

Chris has been a Councillor since 2013, when he won in a by-election, re-elected in 2016 and was re-elected again last week for the ward of Woolston in the Southampton Itchen constituency.

He has served in the Cabinet since 2015, most recently as Cabinet Member for Sustainable Living, where he has delivered significant progress on a number of fronts, most notably the Clean Air Strategy.

Chris brings a range of private and public sector work experience, most recently as a Project Manager for Nationwide Building Society.

Chris commented ‘I am absolutely delighted and humbled to be elected as the Group’s new Leader. Simon Letts will be a hard act to follow. I am determined to build on the great achievements we have made to date as a Labour Administration to further transform the Council and make a positive difference for the people of Southampton’.


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