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Bill Longmore survives council 'no confidence' vote
WEST Mercia’s police and crime commissioner has survived a ‘no confidence’ motion at Worcestershire County Council - but was subject to widespread criticism.
Bill Longmore faced a Labour Party motion at the full council meeting earlier today at County Hall but it was widely rejected, with not a single Conservative or Liberal Democrat councillor voting for it.
When the motion went to a vote, all four Labour politicians voted for it but 27 voted against and 18 abstained.
The £50,000-a-year appointment of deputy Barrie Sheldon sparked the move and has caused Mr Longmore to come under fire from politicians and members of the public across the force area. Criticisms included accusations of “cronyism”.
The motion, if carried, would not have forced Mr Longmore or Mr Sheldon to resign.
Mr Longmore has called the furore "sour grapes" and has asked people to judge him in three-and-a-half years time.
Labour county councillor Mumshad Ahmed, who represents Kidderminster St George’s and St Oswald’s ward, said he was disappointed many councillors who had previously criticised Mr Longmore did not support the motion.
He added even though Mr Longmore had not broken any laws, Labour was still pushing for the police and crime commissioner's resignation.