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No confidence vote made to Brentwood Council
7:30am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
RULING councillors were dealt a verbal blow after a no confidence vote was recorded against them.
Members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Brentwood Council gave a vote of no confidence to the Conservative adminstration at Town Hall.
The statement was made at a meeting on Wednesday evening when the matter was brought up as urgent business towards the end of the evening.
Brentwood First councillor Phil Baker called for the vote after the committee had spent more than three hours debating agenda items.
This included looking at figures showing a number of areas of the council have not reached their targets for the first quarter of the 2013/14 administrative year.
Mr Baker said: “It is a big enough deal to do something of this seriousness and it is important that it is recorded.
“We have a responsibility to the residents and a we are responsible to holding this administration to account.
“We need to be able to bring this administration to account and work for our residents.”
A vote of four to three went in favour of the motion, which was seconded by Lib Dem councillor Phil Mynott.
Liz Cohen, also Lib Dem, and Labour member Julie Morrissey both voted in favour of no confidence while Tory councillors Alan Braid, Mark Reed and David Tee went against the motion.
A spokesman for the council confirmed no further action would be taken over the vote as it is an “expression of opinion”.
Deputy leader of the council Roger Hirst said he believed the committee had not damaged the administration and had in fact “missed an opportunity” to make a change in policy.
Mr Hirst said: “The opposition found themselves in a majority as many of our group were absent due to various reasons.
“They had a great chance to talk about and suggest changes to policies, which would have been to be honest very hard to difficult to ignore.
“Overview and Scrutiny chose not to voice their opinions about council policies which I think has undermined them.”