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BREAKING NEWS: Crawley Council Leader invites call ‘motion of no confidence’ as two Labour Councillors resign

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As two Labour Councillors resign from the party leaving Crawley with a minority running the council, the current Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for a ‘motion of no confidence’ to be called.

So what does this now mean for the town? Well the email sent by the Labour Leader could be a clever decision following the situation he finds his party now in.

A ‘motion of no confidence’ would only come about if the Conservatives decided amongst themselves to call for the motion.

But would they?

This may sound like a strange question, but there is a danger here for without knowing which way the two Councillors who have jumped ship are going to vote, then it could be a clever step by the current Council Leader.

This is because if the motion is called then the onus of who runs the town will end up on the shoulders of the two councillors who have left the Labour party, something which could be seen as a clever manipulation.

So the question about calling for a motion is not a straight forward decision by the Conservatives.

It may be that the Conservatives ignore the invite and look to see through the rest of the year and see how their voting works in the meantime and if they wanted to, call for the motion later in the year.

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West Sussex raises alert level as more coronavirus cases are confirmed

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The current alert level in West Sussex has been escalated to “yellow” (raised local alertness) which means there is an increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is in line with the increase in cases being seen nationally. There were 116 confirmed cases in West Sussex in the last seven days.

The County Council has introduced a traffic light system (green, yellow, amber and red) to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.

With the rise in cases, residents are being asked to take preventative action to stop the spread of the virus.

This includes following the “Rule of Six” which means you should not meet in groups of more than six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors.

Residents should continue to wash hands regularly, practise social distancing, wear a face mask when appropriate and get tested when they have symptoms.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“So far in West Sussex we have seen a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus. However in line with national trends there has been an increase in recent weeks of the number of people who have tested positive.

“It is important we do all we can to keep numbers as low as possible. In line with government guidance, please do not meet in groups of more than six people. It is also important to continue to wash your hands regularly, keep socially distanced, wear a face mask where appropriate and get tested when you have symptoms.

“I am very grateful to all residents for their continued efforts to ensure the county remains safe. We have done so well to control the spread of COVID-19 in the county up until now and we are keen to keep it that way to ensure we can #KeepWestSussexSafe.”

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