Redcar council leader vows to fight on, despite more votes of no confidence (From The Northern Echo)
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Redcar and Cleveland Council leader vows to fight on, despite more votes of no confidence
THE leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council is coming under increasing pressure after a series of no confidence votes were passed.
Labour councillor, George Dunning, has now been the subject of three votes of no confidence from branch Labour Parties.
If a motion of no confidence was proposed at a Full Council meeting it would need the support of 66 per cent of councillors for Coun Dunning to be deposed.
The issue revolves around the recent council decision to sell the Grade II-listed 88 Westgate Building in Guisborough to a pub chain instead of allowing it to be transformed into a community theatre.
There was public and grassroots Labour support for the building to be given to Earthbeat, a group for adults with learning disabilities.
Coun Dunning said: “I have been elected to do a job for the people of the borough and that’s what I intend to do until 2015 when there are fresh elections.”
The leader of the main Liberal Democrat opposition group, Glyn Nightingale, said he was willing to talk to other councillors about the situation.
Coun Nightingale said: “The Liberal Democrats are willing to talk to other opposition councillors to explore ways in which we steer the council on to more stable ground.”
There are at least nine branches of the Labour party in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland.
Earlier reports that five branches had passed votes of no confidence were put to Labour Party which has not yet responded.
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