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CHAIRMAN IN TENDERING ROW FORCED TO RESIGN

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The chairman of South Bedfordshire DC's environment committee has been forced to resign after a vote of no confiden...
The chairman of South Bedfordshire DC's environment committee has been forced to resign after a vote of no confidence in him was passed, reports BBC Three Counties.

It follows an inquiry in the tendering process for street cleaning contracts.

Opposition Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Independents voted last night to oust the Labour committee chairman, David Hogan.

It was the Liberal Democrats on the council who first called for Mr Hogan's resignation last week after he blocked a debate on the inquiry into the tendering for council street cleaning contracts.

On that occasion cclr Russ Goodchild asked for a confidential report into allegations that a contractor had been kept off the list to be discussed at the environment committee meeting. Mr Hogan effectively gagged the debate, ignoring the advice of the council solicitor.

The inquiry into the tendering for the cleaning contracts was debated at last night's special meeting and a motion to reinstate a contractor to the list was carried with all-party support.

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