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Tories ousted amid bullying claims as Met leadership changes again

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Labour has taken control of Dudley MBC from the Conservatives after the council’s leadership changed hands for the third time in 18 months.

Dudley has 36 Labour councillors and 35 Conservatives, with one independent Heather Rogers.

Cllr Rogers switched her support from the ruling Conservatives yesterday during a vote on a motion to replace council leader Patrick Harley with Labour group leader Pete Lowe.

According to reports, Cllr Rogers accused Cllr Harley of failing to deal with bullying within the local Conservative party during the debate.

Cllr Harley is said to have responded by saying there is bullying in both main parties.

Cllr Lowe confirmed Judy Foster as deputy leader.

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