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Labour Group Leader's comment on governance at City of York Council

Leader of the Labour Group Councillor Janet Looker.

Following the dramatic events in the Council this week in which the Conservative Group deposed their leader through a motion of no confidence, Leader of the Labour Group Councillor Janet Looker said:

“The chaotic situation at the top of the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition continues, with real concerns for stable and effective governance of the city given the constant changes in membership of the Council’s Executive.
“We now have a leader in waiting who doesn’t agree with the Local Plan his administration has just approved. Conservatives and Liberal Democrats appear to remain committed to submitting a development plan for York which provides insufficient affordable homes and which will not pass formal inspection. 
“The two parties also appear unable to agree a budget. Will Councillor Gillies even be able to carry his party on agreeing a level of council tax with the Liberal Democrats, a Tory Group as keen as ever to cut valued public services even further than it has done since 2015?
“This administration is more concerned with in-fighting, within and between the two parties than providing the stable governance and strong leadership this city needs.  The focus should be on York’s economy, providing the homes York people need and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in the city. Instead, the two groups are more focussed on personal battles and ambitions which in no way serve the public interest”.

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