Former Brighton and Hove City Council member Melanie Davis is the new chairman of the Brighton and Hove Labour Party.
She won a clear majority in a three-way contest with more than 100 people voting this morning (Saturday 11 May).
She represented Goldsmid ward in Hove until the local elections in May 2011.
Former chairman Adrian Morris remains a member of the local party’s Executive Committee. He was defeated along with party activist Greg Hadfield.
Her former fellow councillors are also preparing to choose a new leader after Gill Mitchell announced that she would not be seeking re-election.
Warren Morgan, who like Councillor Mitchell represents East Brighton ward, is expected to take over the role. A decision is due on Tuesday (14 May).