Welcome news from last night’s meeting of North Norfolk Council with Liberal Democrat Sarah Butikofer voted in as council leader:
The political tide has turned on the north Norfolk coast, with the district council now Liberal Democrat led…
The council has an equal number of Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors and a new leader – Liberal Democrat Sarah Butikofer.
It came following a swathe of resignations from the [Conservative] party in the past 22 months and a vote of no confidence in the leader John Lee and the Conservative administration.
The change came after a motion of no confidence, which Mrs Butikofer tabled herself, was passed with 26 votes in favour, just one more than the necessary 25 required. [Eastern Daily Press]
The support of independent councillors was crucial for the motion to pass:
John Rest, leader of the Independent group on the council, said: “As a former member of the Conservative group, I feel sad that it has been necessary for my colleagues to bring this motion of no confidence in order to restore democracy to this council.
“I firmly believe that every member’s voice should be heard and I hope by this action tonight, a more democratic way of working will be established in the final months of this term.”
Best of luck Sarah.