Hull East Mo Karl Turner has paid tribute to city council leader Steve Brady who is stepping down at the Guildhall.

Councillor Brady, who will retire a ward councillor next year, announced today he will not seek re-election as Labour leader at next week's group annual general meeting.

Mr Turner said: "I have known Steve Brady and his family for many years. Steve was a personal friend of my father and in fact they were born on the same day in the same hospital.

"He is a personal friend to myself and my own family so it will be with very heavy hearts that we see him decide to step down as leader of the Labour group on Hull City Council next week.

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City council leader Steve Brady is stepping down
City council leader Steve Brady is stepping down

"Aside from his personal kindness to myself, he has led both the Labour group on Hull City Council since 2007 and the city council for the last ten years and under his leadership our city has been transformed.

"Over this time Hull has achieved great things with huge business investment brought into our area, such as the Siemens factory, and a very successful time as the UK City of Culture in 2017 which was something he insisted on pushing for.

"Our city has exceeded house-building targets for over five years under this vision and we have seen major re-development works across the city to improve facilities for local people to enjoy alongside other projects across East Hull, not least the North Stand at Hull KR that he saved with grants from the European Union when the previous Lib Dem administration had messed up badly.

"The Covid-19 crisis our country has experienced has been terrible but it has also shown our community at its best, coming together to help one another in our moment of greatest need.

"Cllr Brady’s leadership through that time as embodied that feeling.

"He made sure our city was kept safe and he fought alongside myself and the other MPs to make sure this government did the right thing for Hull.

"I wish him all the best in the future and look forward to still working with him locally in east Hull as the councillor for Southcoates ward until he stands down for a well-deserved rest at the next local elections.

"I want to thank Steve personally for the tireless work he has put in for everybody in the city, no matter what their political allegiance."