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Cornwall Council 'No Confidence' Vote

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5:32pm 16th October 2012
(Updated 5:32pm 16th October 2012)

The leader of Cornwall Council has lost his job over plans to privatise libraries and benefits.

Alec Robertson faced a vote of no-confidence on Tuesday.

He had said he would push ahead with the idea to let companies bid to run frontline services, despite councillors voting against it.

Mr Robertson has agreed that if a second vote rejects the plans, he will scrap them.

Councillors passed the motion by 63 votes to 49.

He will be replaced by his former deputy Jim Currie, who recently resigned over the way Alec Robertson handled plans to privatise services.

Geoff Brown, Councillor for Newquay Central, was among those who voted in favour of removing Alec Robertson from his vote. Speaking before the vote, he said: "Democracy is all about representing the will of the people. The people have now added their voice with a signed petition. The time has come to restore democracy to this Council and once again put people before before politics.

"This clear decision was at first ignored by the Leader. Subsequently, we were told it was too late to pull out. The Leader is out of touch with the mood of the members, and more importantly, he's out of touch with the mood of the people of Cornwall."

In a statement, a Cornwall Council spokesperson said:

"Cllr Jim Currie and Cllr Neil Burden were nominated and after a recorded vote, Cllr Currie was declared Leader by 49 votes to 46.

More than 4,400 viewers logged on to the Council's website, www.cornwall.gov.uk, to view the webcast of today’s meeting.

Full Council will meet again on Tuesday 23 October to debate the Strategic Partnership proposal.

New Leader Jim Currie said: “Now is the time to look forward and reinforce the democracy demonstrated by the members this afternoon. I’ll be holding meetings over the coming days to determine who will make up the new Cabinet. All previous members of the Cabinet can congratulate themselves on a successful term in office. The Council has had many successes but most of all it is solvent and in a position of strength from which we will go forward."


5:32pm 16th October 2012

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