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Vote of no confidence in Torbay's elected mayor

Torbay's elected mayor Gordon Oliver. Credit: ITV News

Torbay council members have voted to support a motion of no confidence against their directly elected mayor Gordon Oliver.

Mr Oliver had already been expelled from the Conservative group.

19
councillors voting for the motion
7
councillors voted against the motion
8
abstained from the motion

It means the Council believes the mayor has failed to carry out his duties.

There is no word yet on whether Mr Oliver intends to resign.

The role of the directly elected mayor is set to be abolished after 2019 anyway - after a referendum in 2016.

Mayor appeals for road mending cash

Torbay's Mayor Gordon Oliver has written to the Government appealing for more cash to tackle the council's growing road maintenance backlog.

"I have emphasised that apart from the massive financial implications of losing any part of our highways asset and the consequent economic catastrophe for the community, the public could be left at real risk of injury and the council left with spiralling compensation claims. Despite our own budget pressures, we are doing our best to maintain our roads, but we really do need more Government financial support."

– Gordon Oliver, Torbay Mayor

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