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  • "Kate you're having laugh, you sound like Harriet Harman (or HarPERSON) to give her her correct title. It doesn't matter whether you're male or female, if you're devoid of principles, as defined by the majority of the people then it doesn't matter whether you're male or female. Do you really think we need more people like Sue Perkins and Pearl Llewellyn on the council? Sue Perkins, who abandons the very platform she stood for election on only to abandon them as soon as she was safely elected, to take 30 pieces of silver to join the group of councillors who totally dismiss the overwhelming views of the people they are supposed to be serving on very specific issues? How can you trust such people? How can they stand and pontificate about what's best for us when they've proved themselves unworthy of the position that they hold? Sue Perkins' speciality seems to be thinking she is the Mother of the council and her role is to chastise people like Paul Miller who truly represent the will of every normal person in this county. NONE of the councillors who voted against the motion of no confidence in BPJ & Harding yesterday can say they were representing their constituents with honesty and honour which leaves us to draw only one conclusion, they are in it for themselves knowing that nothing can be done by the people they screwed over until they've pocketed 4-5 years of councillor allowances and Special Responsibility Allowances amounting to 6 figure cash amounts. Democracy is when an organisation is run according to the will of the majority. What's happening continually at Pembrokeshire County Council is far from that. And while. I use my own name on my posts I totally understand PCC employees being afraid to do likewise. A -19 score on your posts only shows how out of touch you are yourself."
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Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive survives vote of no confidence

Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive survives vote of no confidence

Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive survives vote of no confidence

Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive survives vote of no confidence

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Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones has survived a vote of no confidence at County Hall this afternoon.

After a lengthy debate following a series of notices of motion, councillors went to the vote.

Fourteen notices of no confidence had been submitted by separate councillors and had the chance to say why they felt it had been necessary to put them forward.


Cllr Bob Kilmister spoke first, he said that Mr Parry-Jones pay package was £65,000 more than the First Minister and "we should expect something very, very special. Instead we've had four years of major problems which have all been handled very badly".


He referenced the two failed judicial reviews relating to care home charges in 2010 and 2011, damning CSSIW and Estyn reports into child safeguarding and education in 2011 and the subsequent introduction of a ministerial board.

The motions had been put forward following the 'unlawful' pensions scandal that has rocked County Hall over recent months.


Of the controversial pension payments Cllr Kilmister said: "Even if legally it's right there's absolutely no doubt it's ethically wrong."


Cllr Tony Wilcox said the council was "stumbling from crisis to crisis" and there was an "air of arrogance".


Cllr Viv Stoddart added: "This council's reputation is in tatters, it's been on a downward spiral almost as long as I have been on the council and for all this time Bryn Parry-Jones has been chief officer of this council."


Council leader Cllr Jamie Adams said the reports by external bodies did not identify any individual in senior management in its criticisms but added that the chief executive had been named in an Estyn report for the way he had "responded and been involved in terms of making difficult decisions that were needed to move the authority forward".


He also said the chief executive had brought business investment to the county.


Cllr Sue Perkins said she believed the period when the safeguarding reports had been the worst time for the council but things were much improved.


She said she had voted against the chief executive in the past and he is "not my most favourite person" but now was not the time to "move someone out".

Twenty three members voted for the motion of no confidence, 30 against and there were five abstentions.

Former county council leader John Davies, who was in charge when the controversial pension arrangements were approved, abstained during the vote.

 

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