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Scarborough's Independents Re-group

Scarborough's Independents Re-group

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 10:49am 7th January 2020.

Scarborough Council’s Independent Group has said it will now look to rebuild its relationship with the ruling Labour Party, after the resignation of its leader.

Cllr Sam Cross, who was one of the backers of a failed motion of no-confidence in the leader of the council, Cllr Steve Siddons, which took place on Friday, resigned as Independent Group leader yesterday.

He also left the group, with its deputy leader and cabinet member Cllr Janet Jefferson named as acting leader until a permanent leader is elected.

The numbers of the group will remain at 10 as Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff has rejoined the group having left in early December.

In a statement to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, a group spokesman said:  

“Our strong group of 10 members, whilst wishing Cllr Sam Cross all the best in his political future, will now  agree a formal independent constitution/ways of working and rebuild the relationship and working with the Labour Group to fulfil the aims of the borough and our residents.”

The group will support the 13-strong Labour Group in running the 46-member council, along with two Green Party councillors.

Labour leader Cllr Siddons faced the vote of no-confidence after representatives of two independent groups, including Cllr Cross, and the Conservatives submitted the no-confidence motion, saying he had failed to follow through on the promises he made when he was elected in May.

Following more than an hour of debate at Scarborough Town Hall on Friday, the motion was defeated by 26 votes to 16.

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