The new mayor of Brighton and Hove has spoken of her delight after being elected into the role.

Moulsecoomb and Bevendean councillor Anne Meadows was congratulated by past mayors, aldermen and city councillors in a ceremony at Hove Town Hall last night.

The Labour member will be the city’s mayor for the next twelve months and has chosen Sussex Beacon, Brighton and Hove Federation of Disabled People and the PDSA as her Mayoral charities for the coming year.

Coun Meadows said: “It is such a privilege to be elected as Mayor and an absolute honour to serve the city I love in such a special way.”

Outgoing mayor, Geoff Wells will become deputy mayor for the forthcoming year.

He praised everyone who had helped him raise nearly £30,000 for his charities this year.

The official meeting also saw Green convenor Bill Randall confirmed as the new council leader.

Geoffrey Theobald will be the new Conservative group leader and Gill Mitchell will continue at the head of the Labour group.