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PremierLeague-News.Com - Labour group proposed a vote against Liberal Democrat council leader Keith Aspden and was supported by the Conservatives
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An attempt to remove the leader of City of York Council by calling for a vote of no confidence in him has been defeated after a full council meeting. The Labour group proposed the vote against Liberal Democrat council leader Keith Aspden and it was supported by the Conservative group. The ‘extraordinary’ meeting was held to discuss the findings of a damning public interest report into the council’s handling of a payout to former council chief executive Mary Weastell. The motion put forward by Labour councillors said: “Council resolves that it no longer has confidence in Cllr Keith Aspden to undertake the role of council leader with the integrity, professionalism and ethical standards required of someone having the honour to represent this great city at such a high level.” All members of the Lib Dem group, the Green Party group and independent Cllr Dave Taylor voted against the motion. To get the latest email updates from North Yorkshire Live, click here . All members of the Labour group, Conservative group and independents Cllr John Galvin and Mark Warters voted for the motion. Cllr David Carr abstained from the vote, saying he hoped councillors understood that he felt he must stay neutral due to his involvement in the issues previously as former council leader.
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. The meeting lasted four hours – with all councillors voting to suspend standing orders to allow the vote of no confidence to take place.
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The meeting was called to discuss a damning public interest report by independent auditors into the council’s handling of a £404,000 payout to the former chief executive. The auditors’ report highlighted a number of issues. They included the inadequacy of the business case presented to councillors for the payment, a misleading statement about the settlement agreement and questions over council leader Keith Aspden chairing a secret meeting to agree the payout without declaring a conflict of interest. At the time, the former chief executive had filed an employment tribunal claim against the council and Cllr Aspden personally. Download the YorkshireLive app to customise the news that matters to you and get the latest updates first.
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