THE CITY’s new mayor will be elected next week as councillors meet to decide who is appointed to the city council’s most important positions.

Following last week’s election, which saw the Conservatives lose its overall majority following the victory of the Green Party’s Marjory Bisset in St Stephen, the city council meets for the first time to elect councillors into all of the necessary roles.

The meeting on Tuesday (May 14) will see a new mayor and deputy mayor elected.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Jabba Riaz, who has served the city for the last year, will most likely handover the mayoral chain to his deputy Cllr Allah Ditta, who just about held onto his Cathedral seat for the Conservatives last week.

Councillors will also have to appoint the leader of the city council – currently Cllr Marc Bayliss who was re-elected in Bedwardine – and the deputy leader of the council – currently Labour group leader Cllr Adrian Gregson who did not face re-election in Rainbow Hill this year.

Following last week’s election, which saw the Conservatives lose one of its seats to the Green Party in St Stephen and Labour hold onto its three seats, it means the political balance of all of the council’s committees and subcommittees will have to be determined.

The council will also have to agree to who is appointed chairman and vice chairman of each of the committees as well as which councillors will sit on them.

The council will welcome Nida Hassan from the Conservatives who took over from Cllr Alan Feeney in Warndon Parish North, Labour’s Jenny Barnes who took over from Cllr George Squires in Arboretum ward and welcome back former mayor, Battenhall council and St Peter’s county councillor Cllr Steve Mackay, who took over from Cllr Roger Knight in St Peter’s.