3:18pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
By Bruce Thain
The leader of Harrow Borough Council has warned that a leadership vote would destabilise the authority.
Last week leader of the Conservative group Councillor Susan Hall called for a full council meeting to vote on the leadership of the council.
It has now been confirmed there will be vote during Monday's meeting at the Civic Centre.
Council leader Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, who leads the eight-strong Independent Labour Group, said: “I think the vote as a whole will destabilise the council and will not be a benefit to anyone.
“I have always said my door is always open and I am willing to work with anyone, but so far no one has approached me.
“Whatever the Independent Labour group do, we will do it for the benefit of the people of Harrow. It is not about the politics anymore but what is best for the borough.
“It is very difficult to judge what will happen next Monday and I don’t know what the outcome will be.”
The vote comes after nine Labour councillors split from their group earlier this year to form the Independent Labour Group, which took control of the council cabinet under the leadership of Cllr Idaikkadar with support of the Conservatives.
There have been rumours that the Independent Labour group and Labour group will join together at next Monday’s meeting.
Leader of the Labour group Cllr David Perry said: "The Labour Group is extremely concerned that Susan Hall and the Conservative Group have destabilised Harrow Council yet again. This latest move is politically motivated and a personal grab for power.
“The Labour group is committed to serving the residents of this borough and working in their interests.
“We feel it is important that Harrow Council is returned to a 'business as usual' footing, and that the Labour Party is returned into administration because this is exactly what the people of Harrow voted for at the 2010 elections.
“The Labour group over the coming days will be acting in the interests of the people of Harrow and will take the lead in trying to honour their mandate and return Labour back to control of Harrow Council.”
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