Westhoughton Labour plunged into crisis as Bolton Council leader faces calls to resign

Cliff Morris
Cliff Morris

Labour have been plunged into crisis after Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris was urged to resign.

It follows what has been described as a “serious error of judgement” regarding a decision not to reveal the name of Cllr Ismail Ibrahim as the Labour member who twice failed to pay council tax on time.

Councillors will call upon the Labour leader to resign at a meeting on Wednesday, The Bolton News reports.

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One will ask: “Following his serious error of judgement in choosing to use tax payer’s money in the courts to keep the name of his Labour member a secret in the face of the Freedom of Information Request from the Bolton News will the Leader of the Council now do the honourable thing and resign?”

Another councillor will claim that Labour is no longer fit to run the council.

The councillor’s motion will state: “In view of the failure of so many of Labour’s policies in Bolton in recent years there are serious doubts amongst the public that Labour councillors can deliver for Bolton the wide opportunities and full benefits afforded by the Government’s devolved powers under the City Deal.”

Cllr Morris says he will not resign.

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