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Gravesham Borough Council: ‘no confidence’ vote

PUBLISHED: 15:45 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 04 October 2018

Cllr David Turner split from the Conservative party to set up independent splinter group following his rejection as a candidate for the next election in May. Picture: Gravesham Council

Cllr David Turner split from the Conservative party to set up independent splinter group following his rejection as a candidate for the next election in May. Picture: Gravesham Council

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The leader of Gravesham Borough Council will face a vote of no confidence next week.

This comes after Cllr David Turner split from the Conservative party to set up independent splinter group following his rejection as a candidate for the next election in May.

Cllr Turner has been leading the council with the Gravesham Independent Conservatives since he announced his defection on August 2.

Now the new leader of the Conservative party, Cllr Leslie Hills, plans to knock Cllr Turner off the top post with a vote of no confidence.

Cllr Hills has previously called Cllr Turner “arrogant” for thinking he could run the council with the defectors.

The motion to oust Cllr Turner has been ‘seconded’ by the council’s youngest member Cllr Jordan Meade.

Cllr Meade was previously part of the top team with Cllr Turner as the portfolio holder for tourism and youth before being replaced by Cllr Harold Craske earlier this year.

At the same meeting, the leader of the council, his deputy Cllr John Knight and the leader of the Labour group Cllr John Burden are calling for a vote to “reject bullying and harassment”.

Cllr Turner told reporters at the resignation annoucement how bullying within the party was also a motivator to leave.

Since his departure, 11 other councillors have joined his ranks, meaning the official Conservatives are now the minority party with only 10 members.

Both motions will be discussed at the full council meeting on Tuesday (October 9).

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