Tories refuse named vote on Clevedon move

PUBLISHED: 12:01 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

North Somerset Council voted to borrown millions of pounds to buy this Clevedon office building.

North Somerset Council voted to borrown millions of pounds to buy this Clevedon office building.

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'COWARDLY' Conservative councillors ducked calls for their names to be put on the record as they approved a scheme that will see Weston lose hundreds of jobs.

'COWARDLY' Conservative councillors ducked calls for their names to be put on the record as they approved a scheme that will see Weston lose hundreds of jobs.

They refused to support the opposition move for a named vote, which would have seen each member's decision on the purchase of new Clevedon offices put on the public record.

The executive's proposal to purchase of the former Clerical Medical building was approved with a crushing majority as only four Weston Tory councillors went against the party line.

Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors, along with Green Tom Leimdorfer asked for the named vote, but required one more backer to have the names recorded.

However, not a single Conservative joined them, while three other opposition members also decided not to.

Labour group leader Bob Bateman said: "If the Conservatives were so convinced by the decision they were making and had the courage of their convictions, why were they not prepared for their names to go on the record?"

Liberal Democrat Edward Keating described the Tories' decision not to back a named vote as cowardly.

He said: "They have been elected by people to represent their views and if they want to do something they should be brave enough for what they voted for to be made public."

However, due to the small number of Conservatives voting against their north-based executive, the Mercury was able to record their names.

To see how your councillor voted, see next week's paper.

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