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Ealing council leader survives no-confidence vote – by one vote, with one abstention

Bell scrapes through despite widespread dissatisfaction

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell has narrowly survived a no-confidence vote this evening – with almost half of the borough’s councillors voting against him and one abstaining.

Bell scraped through by 28 votes to 27, despite a long list of issues. He is now thought likely to try to shift blame for controversial planning decisions onto other right-wingers on the council, particularly those who voted against him and looked set to profit from a successful vote.

Bell had been expected to lose the vote because other right-wingers were against him, but as so often with the right, expressions of intent are not always followed by action.

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4 comments

  1. BOOOOOOOO!!!

    I wonder if stammer will pay the restaurant bill and court costs if they’re found guilty next week?

  2. And he still hasn’t got that godaful barnet of his seen to.

    Looks like a right chickenhead.

  3. “Bell had been expected to lose the vote because other right-wingers were against him, but as so often with the right, expressions of intent are not always followed by action.”

    Surely you’re not suggesting “other right wingers” put it about that they’re “against him” so that the left will expect common sense to prevail and not try so hard to unseat him?
    Or that they extract last minute promises of future favours from him in return for their support?
    How very Tory of them.
    I get a distinct feeling of déjà vu reading this article – it seems like the left constantly lose against expectations, and by a whisker.

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