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Vote in SHBC Emergency Council Meeting 29/01/20

January 29, 2020 7:18 PM


At an extraordinary meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council this evening, councillors were asked to select a new Leader of the Council following the Conservative group's vote of No Confidence in the former Leader, Councillor Richard Brooks.

Liberal Democrat councillors abstained in tonight's vote as they did not feel they could support either of the two nominations for the new Leader of the Council.

The Conservative Group's vision for the future of the Borough is too fundamentally different to ours to enable us to work in coalition with them. The alternative was a candidate who was supported by one Labour Cllr, a handful of Independents, and the two former Conservative Cllrs. Given the unprecedented and unexplained departure of these two former Conservative Cllrs from their group last week, the Liberal Democrats felt it inappropriate to work with this group

Councillor Alan McClafferty (Conservative) was selected as the new Leader.

He has given Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Sashi Mylvaganam, assurances that the Chair positions on two of the key council committees will be selected from the Liberal Democrat group. These committees are responsible for scrutinising the conduct and decisions made by the council. These appointments will enable the Liberal Democrat group to continue the excellent work they have already started, which revealed the issue of the pay increase for the CEO.

Although we will work constructively with the new leader, we will also ensure that the leadership & the new executive of the council will be held to account for all the actions & decision they take.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Helen Whitcroft (Mytchett & Deepcut) confirmed this position, saying that her party's group had provided an effective opposition and would continue to do so.

She also repeated the party's call for Councillors Brooks and Morley to resign as Councillors immediately to allow their respective wards to decide again who they wish to represent them.

As Liberal Democrats We Demand Better for Surrey Heath Residents.