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Council leader survives no confidence vote - just

Forest of Dean District Council leader, Councillor Tim Gwilliam narrowly defeated a vote of no confidence at the full council meeting last night.

The debate took place following a motion by an opposition member calling for a vote of no confidence in the leader.

Some 22 members voted against the motion, 20 members voted for the motion and two members abstained from voting.

Cllr Gwilliam (Forest First, Berry Hill) was elected to the council in February 2013, and then voted in as leader in July 2017.

He said: "I would personally like to thank the members who voted for me to continue my work as the leader of the council.

"The result of the meeting has shown that I have the trust and confidence of the council. It has been a privilege to represent the local community as leader over the past three months. We can now move on from this and as a council work together for the benefit of the Forest of Dean."

Tory leader Cllr Brian Robinson had earlier put the motion: "This council notes that the leader has failed to represent the council at important meetings of Leadership Gloucestershire and consequently has no confidence in Councillor Tim Gwilliam as leader of the council." But the motion was defeated.

It is understood Cllr Gwilliam has been recovering from a heart operation.

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