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MK Councillors Back "No Confidence" Vote in Leader of Cornwall Council
Mebyon Kernow councillors have backed a “no confidence” vote in Alec Robertson, the Conservative Leader of Cornwall Council. All six MK councillors were among the 42 elected members (one-third of the Council) who supported a requisition from independent councillor Bob Egerton to trigger such a vote.

This follows the decision of the leadership of the authority to proceed with the privatisation of a wide range of core council services, even though the move was opposed by the wider membership of the authority in a recent vote.

Speaking on behalf of Mebyon Kernow, Cllr Andrew Long said:

“Mebyon Kernow is opposed to the privatisation of council services, such as benefits, council tax, libraries, one-stop-shops and more. Such privatisation does not have the backing of the majority of councillors and it is not in the best interests of the people of Cornwall.

“The ‘evidence’ presented to support the ‘joint venture’ remains ‘pure conjecture’ and the claims about savings and future job creation are ‘pie in the sky.’

“We are backing the ‘no confidence’ vote because it is simply unacceptable that the leadership of the authority can be so dismissive of the wider membership of the authority.

“On behalf of MK, I call on Alec Robertson and his Cabinet to think again and to reverse their decision to out-source jobs at the very heart of Cornwall Council.”

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Published on 21st September 2012.

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