Today Labour Children’s Services boss Peter Clark has narrowly survived a no confidence vote after pressure from the opposition Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems tabled the motion of no-confidence after the damning Ofsted report slammed a failure of political leadership.
While leader Cllr Mike Ross and shadow portfolio holder Cllr Linda Tock met with council bosses, they stood by their decision to move the no confidence call in Cllr Peter Clark, arguing “we’re doing our job as an opposition to hold an absent portfolio holder to account.”
The Lib Dem Group argued that the buck stopped with the Labour administration that is in its 9th year of power, and called for a new way forward with new political leadership.
Responding, Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Mike Ross, said:
“Labour have run this Council for nine years - with this failure in Children’s services the buck stops rightly with them.
“The portfolio holder had missed vital meetings and has let down the children’s services in this city, new political leadership is absolutely necessary and we won’t stop until it is achieved.”
Lib Dem Group spokesperson for education and children, Cllr Linda Tock, added:
“Even though the portfolio holder has narrowly held onto his job, the pressure and accountability still stands. Children services deserve better and the Lib Dems in Hull are demanding better.”
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