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MERTHYR OPTS FOR CABINET AFTET MEMBER IS BARRED FROM VOTE

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Merthyr CBC pushed through proposals to create a new cabinet-style administration by just one vote when an opponent...
Merthyr CBC pushed through proposals to create a new cabinet-style administration by just one vote when an opponent was barred from voting.

The Western Mail (p9) reports that Viv Pugh, a member of the ruling Plaid Cymru group, had wanted to vote for an alternative plan, but was stopped when officials invoked a standing order which stated that councillors who left the room during a debate were barred from voting on that issue.

With the support of one Plaid member and Mr Pugh barred, Labour had a single vote majority and won the vote on the proposal.

Newly-elected independent member Phillip Owens said the way the meeting turned out reflected badly on the local authority. 'It's been a closed shop for too long and to me this cabinet system is just a way for Labour to get back to the old 'secret service',' he said.
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