The vote of no confidence in Mr Robertson came over his plans to part privatise some public services.
The Leader of Cornwall Council faces a vote of no confidence over proposals to part-privatise some council services.
Cornwall council apologises for rubbish crisis
Cornwall faces drastic cuts in frontline services, which could lead to the loss of libraries and leisure centres. That's the stark warning from senior council officials, who say the only way to avoid the cuts is to increase council tax and reduce the funding for those claiming benefits.
One councillor said it was scaremongering and there were other areas where money could be saved. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
The government has criticised Cornwall councillors for voting themselves a pay rise of almost 20%. The increase in May will take their total allowance to £14,600. Our presenter Cordelia Lynch interviewed John Glen who works for the Local Government Minister Eric Pickles about the move.
There has been widespread dismay at the pay rise voted through by Cornwall Councillors. Andrew Long was one of those who backed the increase, due to come into force in May. Our presenter Ian Axton asked him to justify the decision.
Here's the full interview:
Councillors in Cornwall are under fire tonight after they awarded themselves a 20% increase in their allowances. It comes at a time when staff at the local authority are facing a pay freeze and services are being cut.
The amount paid to councillors is among the highest in the country. Cornwall's new figure of £14,600 compares with under £11,000 at Devon County Council and £10,000 at Plymouth City Council. Both have frozen allowances at last year's figures.
Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
Councillors in Cornwall have voted to give themselves a 20 per cent rise in their basic allowances.
The figure will rise from £12,148 to £14,600 - giving them one of the highest basic allowances in the country.
It means the total amount of Cornwall Council’s budget to be spent on basic allowances will increase to just over £300,000.
Councillors in Cornwall have today voted to increase their recommended basic allowance to £14,600 a year from May 2013. That's a rise of almost 20%.
Any increase is likely to be highly controversial with recent cuts to services and staff being laid off to save money.
It's been a day of high drama and political intrigue in Cornwall today with the Council leader Alec Robertson ousted and four senior Councillors resigning. It follows a vote of no confidence in Mr Robertson over his plans to part privatise some public services.
The council is run jointly by the Conservatives and Independents. Today, at a fiery meeting in Truro, Mr Robertson got the push. From there, Kathy Wardle reports.
Councillor Jim Currie has been elected to replace former council Leader Alec Robertson. He won a vote against Neil Burden with a majority of 49 votes to 46.
It comes just a week after Councillor Currie resigned as deputy leader. Following the vote, four councillors resigned from their cabinet posts citing they couldn't serve under Councillor Currie.
Cornwall council leader Alec Robertson has lost his job after losing a vote of no confidence. Councillors at a fiery council meeting in Truro chose to remove Mr Robertson from office with a majority of 63 votes to 49.
It comes after his cabinet pursued controversial plans to part-privatise some public services against the wishes of the rest of the council.