Lib Dems fail to oust Tories over Gloucester City Council accounts
An attempt to kick out the Conservative administration from Gloucester City Council over accounting delays failed tonight.
Instead of joining forces with the Liberal Democrats, Labour accused fellow opposition councillors of electioneering for forthcoming county council elections by calling for the Tory cabinet to stand down.
It meant the Lib Dem motion of no confidence in the Tory cabinet was defeated, though a watered down version which didn't call for resignations was voted through - it acknowledged the council's 2011/12 accounts have still not been signed off, seven months later than expected.
Members at tonight's full council meeting were told by leader Paul James that two accounting technicalities meant they had not been signed off yet.
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He denied Lib Dem leader Jeremy Hilton's earlier claim the council faced a "financial tsunami" and he expected the accounts to be signed off within the next week or so.Mr Hilton denied he was electioneering and said he was concerned the council may not be able to map out spending and cuts for next year if the aaccounts had not been signed off.
For a full report of the meeting, see Saturday's Citizen and www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk