Councillors for the Labour Party in Brighton and Hove have elected Nancy Platts, former Brighton Pavilion candidate and councillor for East Brighton, as their new leader.

Platts, who is taking over from Daniel Yates after he announced his resignation earlier this month, is also set to become the leader of the council if Labour are successful in forming a new administration.

Following her election, she said: “I feel honoured to lead the Labour Group and have the opportunity to serve the people of Brighton and Hove.

“I am excited about delivering our manifesto and working constructively with other parties for the benefit of our city.”

Nick Childs, councillor for Queen’s Park, will serve as deputy leader, with Clare Moonan, councillor for Central Hove, becoming chief whip.

Yates, councillor for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, will remain in a leadership role as deputy leader for finance.

Platts’ election comes as the Green Party in Brighton announced their intention to work with Labour to put homelessness, austerity and climate change at the top of the agenda.