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Deputy Leader of York Council Faces Second Call to Quit

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2:50pm 12th December 2013

The Deputy Leader of York Council is facing calls to quit for the second time in two months.

In October, Independent councillor Mark Warters called on Tracey Simpson-Laing to go after claiming the Osbaldwick travellers site is mismanaged.

Now, Conservative Joe Watt claims the Labour politician, who's responsible for housing, helped stop a plan for more affordable homes on Hob Moor in Acomb.

A motion put down by the Conservative for tonight's council meeting states:

This Council has no confidence in the Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services and calls upon her to resign. The Cabinet member is called upon to resign because of her failure to deliver the ‘Affordable Housing’ that York needs and her consistent action over many years to support and implement housing policies that could only curtail or prevent the construction of new Affordable Homes.

Tracey Simpson-Laing declined to be interviewed by Minster FM ahead of tonight's meeting but in a statement said:

“Our Conservative Liberal Democrat opposition want to see fewer affordable homes built in new housing developments, are desperate to see less homes built over the next two decades, oppose our investment in council housing and introduced the 'Bedroom Tax' whilst saying poverty doesn't exist - they can't suddenly now pretend they are on the side of the hard pressed majority of York residents. Because only Labour has a serious plan to tackle York's housing crisis, our Conservative Liberal Democrat opposition resort once again to bitter personal attacks; they even attacked me for being a divorcee who cannot afford York’s property prices.”

Labour Council leader James Alexander has defended his deputy saying:

"I'm delighted that we have this opportunity to compare Labour's ambitious plans to deliver the homes York residents need to the complete absence of any serious policies from our Conservative Liberal Democrat opposition. With every policy issue that has come up they've made the wrong call: fewer homes, higher rents and less investment. This latest personal attack from Coun. Joe Watt and his colleagues just shows once again how out of touch they are."

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