Coun. Ruth Potter, Chair of the City of York Council’s Labour Group:
“I am pleased to announce that following an election held within the City of York Council’s Labour Group this morning (Saturday 29th November), Councillor Dafydd Williams has been elected the new Leader of the Labour Group.
“This follows the recent decision of Councillor James Alexander to step down as leader in order to pursue a career opportunity within the Labour Party.
“Coun. Dafydd Williams will be nominated as the Labour Group’s choice for Leader of the City of York Council, to be confirmed at a full meeting of all councillors on Thursday 11th December.
"I'd like to welcome Coun. Williams to the role as the Labour Group looks to continue work on sustaining York's economy in the face of Tory-Lib Dem Government austerity measures."
Coun. Williams said:
"I want to thank my Labour colleagues for putting their confidence in me by giving me the incredible honour to lead the Labour Group at this critically important time. I'm really looking forward to the challenge and the chance to change the way politics is done in York. Too often our politics has been done by attacking individuals and negative campaigning, which leaves residents cold.
"I would like to thank Coun. Alexander for leading the group and the council for the past few years and wish him every success in the future. He has shown the vision and drive that was so lacking before Labour took power in 2011.
"I look forward to sharing my vision for the city in the coming days so that councillors know exactly what I stand for before voting for a new council leader on 11th December".
Dafydd Williams, aged 36, has been a councillor in York since 2011 and lives in Heworth where he will be standing for a second term as a York councillor in May 2015.
Dafydd was brought up in York, living elsewhere in the UK for a period before returning to the city to continue his career in communications. He is currently Head of Public Affairs at Yorkshire Water following a career including roles with public relations agencies, as a councillor in Plymouth and working for MPs and ministers in the last Government. He has also previously run as a parliamentary candidate in 2005 for the Bournemouth West constituency, and for the European Parliament in 2009.