Motion of no confidence in county council leader withdrawn

Dorset County Council leader Rebecca Knox

A MOTION of no confidence against Dorset County Council leader, Councillor Rebecca Knox, has been withdrawn. 

Councillor Shane Bartlett put forward the motion last week claiming that Councillor Knox had failed to involve members from the minority groups in the preparation of policies and procedures for the new unitary authority, Dorset Council, which will come into force in April.

However, following a full council meeting on Wednesday, Councillor Bartlett formally withdrew the motion, instead asking the new Shadow Dorset Council to consider a new proposal. 

He commented: “The motion submitted yesterday seeks to get the new Dorset Council to commit to work more closely with town and parish councils and to build this requirement into its constitution. It has been signed by 20 members, cross party.

“Because of the move to the new Dorset Council it would be better to place the motion before the Shadow Council for wider member engagement and will provide an opportunity for representation by town and parish councils.”

A meeting of the Shadow Council to debate the new motion is set for March 14.

Councillor Rebecca Knox, who represents Beaminster, said: “A new motion has been tabled for the Shadow Dorset Council, one which raises the matter of engagement with town and parish councils and others, a debate which is most welcome since it will be an important discussion for the new Dorset Council and its councillors from May 2019. 

“The original motion from Councillor Bartlett criticising me personally has been withdrawn by him, I hope because he recognises that there was no substance to his complaint. 

“It is absolutely proper that the new council will decide, along with town and parish councils and partners, how working with communities will be developed in the future.”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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