Lambeth Liberal Democrats have a new leader after his predecessor quit to make time for his new job working for Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Councillor Ashley Lumsden, the Lib Dem group leader for eight years, is to be special adviser to Mr Cable but will continue to represent Streatham Hill on Lambeth Council.
His successor, elected unanimously, is Councillor Alex Davies, member for Streatham Wells and the group's spokesperson on transport, public realm and road safety for the past three years.
The Liberal Democrats are Lambeth’s main opposition, with 14 councillors representing Streatham, Waterloo, Oval, Clapham Common and North Brixton.
Councillor Davies, who was elected in 2010, grew up in Streatham Vale, attending Immanuel and St Andrew Primary School.
Councillors Ashley Lumsden and Alex Davies
Coun Davies said: “I am proud to lead our Group into the coming elections, where our councillors have very strong records of action and campaigning in their wards.
"In every part of the Borough, Liberal Democrats stand up for their communities against a Town Hall which is more concerned with new buildings for itself than listening to residents.
"We have some excellent new candidates joining us in May, and I look forward to seeing them take on Labour in the coming weeks.”
Councillor Lumsden added: “It has been a privilege to lead the Lambeth Liberal Democrat Group.
"Alex Davies is a strong successor and I wish him well for the future. I look forward to serving my constituents in Streatham Hill for many years come and will continue to work with my Liberal Democrat colleagues to get development going at the Megabowl, to campaign for an underground rail link to Streatham and to see real investment in the local environment in Streatham Hill ward."
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