Bid to dethrone Cornwall Council leader
9:51am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
Angry councillors at Cornwall Council have stepped up efforts to dethrone its leader, Alec Robertson.
A source inside the council says that disgruntled councillors have already obtained the 41 signatures needed to hold a vote of no confidence at an extraordinary meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for October 16 at 10am. It will be open to the public and the press.
A simple majority will see Mr Robertson lose his position. Early rumours suggest that at least 14 of his fellow Conservative members will vote for him to go.
If the no confidence motion is carried, Mr Robertson will automatically lose his post, with a new leader having to be voted into the top post by the end of the day.
It is still unclear who is the driving force behind the move, with no stalking horse candidates publically putting their names forward to take his place.
The source, who did not want to be named, said that the issue was the direction of the council over the past 18 months, and Mr Robertson's leadership style.
A key issue is understood to be the cabinet's drive to privatise a raft of council services, against the will of the majority of councillors.