'NO CONFIDENCE' VOTE AT COUNCIL; Wirral Faces 'Chaos' as Budget Looms

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), February 1, 2012 | Go to article overview

'NO CONFIDENCE' VOTE AT COUNCIL; Wirral Faces 'Chaos' as Budget Looms


Byline: LIAM MURPHY

WIRRAL Council's embattled Labour leadership is facing a major crisis as the two other parties set out plans to oust it.

The Tories and Liberal Democrats have both called for votes of no confidence in Labour's Steve Foulkes, calling for him to be removed as leader of the authority.

It follows the Anna Klonowski report into the claims of whistleblower Martin Morton, a former Wirral social services employee, who was bullied and forced out of his job after revealing systematic financial abuse of vulnerable people in council care.

The council has since apologised to Mr Morton and says it has set in place a series of changes in how the authority works to deal with the problems highlighted by the report.

But both Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders have been heavily critical of the way Labour has responded to the report and are now demanding its leader step down.

Tory leader Cllr Jeff Green said: "Currently the council is in a state of paralysis, the Labour administration's response to this report has been shambolic."

He added: "A fresh approach is what is required to remove the stain of this shameful scandal and to refocus the council on its true role of providing services to the communities and people of Wirral. …

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