Allies of Greenwich Council's former leader have been trounced in a Labour vote for key positions at the local authority.

Former leader Councillor Chris Roberts left Greenwich last year after a difficult 12 months which saw him accused of presiding over a bullying culture - but many councillors close to him remained.

Among them was Councillor Danny Thorpe, who launched a bid for the deputy leadership this year. However, following a party vote last week, he was defeated by incumbent Councillor John Fahy - who suffered verbal abuse from Roberts in a voicemail leaked to News Shopper.

Meanwhile, Councillor Ray Walker, seen as the enforcer under Roberts' leadership, has lost the key Chair of Planning post after six years to Councillor Mark James.

And former deputy leader Councillor Peter Brooks missed out on two positions, including Chair of Highways, which was won by Councillor Aidan Smith, despite the fact he was on holiday during the vote.

Councillor Brooks also lost out as deputy mayor to Councillor Olu Babatola - which should make the Thamesmead man Greenwich's first ever mayor of African descent in 2016.