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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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What do you think about today's meeting?

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

A council tax leaflet
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We'd love to hear what you think.

You can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email .

That's it for our coverage for now. We'll have more on BBC Surrey throughout the day.  

Another motion fails

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Motion of no confidence in David Hodge fails

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Motion of "no confidence" in Surrey County Council leader David Hodge has been overwhelmingly defeated 47-8 with 12 abstentions.

Here's the reaction in the council chamber. 

BreakingMotion of no confidence in David Hodge has failed

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Motion of no confidence in David Hodge has failed.

Eight support, 47 against, 12 abstentions.

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'Let residents decide' cries UKIP councillor

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

'It's up to the residents' say several councillors

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Conservatives coming to Cllr Hodge's defence

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Better to be a 'puppet than a muppet' says councillor

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

UKIP councillor will abstain in vote of no confidence

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Councillor for Staines, says she'll abstain in a vote of no confidence. 

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Anger at 'puppets' comment

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It's getting headed at the Surrey Council County meeting. 

Some are for, some are against Surrey Council leader David Hodge staying in his role.

Deputy leader Peter Martin says in October last year Cllr Hodge was working on behalf of the people of Surrey despite undergoing open heart surgery just two months before.  

Conservatives say extra funding is thanks to Cllr Hodge

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Cllr Hodge the 'right person to take administration forward' says Cllr Clack

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

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Meanwhile Conservative John Furey says funding would not have happened without David Hodge's actions.

He added that he is thankful the Conservatives are in charge. 

Row has become a 'time-consuming distraction'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

No confidence motion is "opportunistic" and "mean-spirited"

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

'One of the better Conservative leaders'

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

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But Cllr Beardsmore says he has lost faith in David Hodge and will support the motion. 

Heated words at meeting

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Surrey leader is a 'remarkable person'

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Conservative County Councillor for Cobham, Mary Lewis, is backing her leader. 

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UKIP councillor says it's up to residents

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

UKIP councillor Helena Windsor believes that nothing should be decided in relation to the vote of no confidence before the local elections. 

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Leader of Resident Association criticises Surrey leader

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

The leader of the Residents Association, Nick Harrison, says he will abstain on the vote of no confidence against Surrey County Council leader David Hodge.

Cllr Harrison thinks Cllr Hodge should stay to deal with the adult social care situation.

Leader of Resident Association councillors Nick Harrison criticises David Hodge over texts and leaked recording

'We can't go on like this'

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Surrey's council leader faces a vote of no confidence at this meeting.

It's the first full council meeting since the furore over an alleged "sweetheart deal" over the proposed 15% rise in council tax, which was later scrapped.

The meeting is underway, and the Liberal Democrats are calling on David Hodge to stand down.

Leader must stand down to end distactions. 'We can't go on like this'

.@WillForster says his residents fed up of seeing Surrey splashed across the front pages

Says other councils think David Hodge should stand down from role at Local Government Association

All eyes on council leader

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

The meeting will now debate the 'no confidence' motion into the leadership of David Hodge.

Hazel Watson from @Surreycclibdems says not a decision she takes lightly

Says leaked tape, documents etc have become a time consuming distraction

She says figures for council tax rise were plucked out of thin air

Says full facts of budget were not disclosed to all councillors.

Accuses David Hodge of working on behalf of Conservatives and not in interests of others

Councillors urge leader to get young people involved

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

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Council leader David Hodge has replied saying he thinks it's not about age but about principle.

He also says it's about the quality of the candidate.

Some councillors aren't happy.  

Councillors asking about future of bus services

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

The councillor in charge, Mike Goodman, says the 465 bus service will run for the next five years.

There will be a joint statement with TFL on this later today. 

Questions about budget figures

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge says he needs to check information before an accountant report on budget figures is put out in the public domain.  

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EU nationals do a great job says council leader

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Liberal Democrat councillor John Orrick says the council employs 420 EU nationals.

He says they need to be supported which would send a strong message against hate crime.

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Council leader unable to answer question on referendum

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

The leader of the Residents Association Nick Harrison has asked if there will be a referendum on council tax next year.  

Leader David Hodge has replied and said a lot of water will need to flow under the bridge before he is able to answer that question.

Council leader says he won't play political games

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

David Hodge, Surrey County Council leader, has received a big round of applause from other Conservative councillors in the chamber. 

David Hodge says he was asked to go to Government and ask for better deal. He says that's what he has been doing

He says he refused to go away and be fobbed off. Questions whether would have been more money for social care if they hadn't raised issue

Says 15 % rise was a last resort. Pleased Surrey got a share of funding

Jokes he won't go down in history for his texting skills. Says won't play political games like others will do

Council leader says he's never shied away from a challenge

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

The Surrey County Council meeting is underway - we're already hearing from the leader David Hodge. 

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Surrey council meeting - What's the background?

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

I'm at county hall in Kingston for today's full council meeting. 

Follow my updates here throughout the meeting.

What's being debated at the council meeting this morning?

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

I'm here at Surrey Council for a full council meeting this morning. 

Surrey meeting
BBC

These are other motions being debated today at the meeting.

Surrey meeting
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Surrey motion
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And the meeting has started...

'Interesting to see reaction at today's meeting'

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

The leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge told me last week that he would not resign over the 'sweetheart deal' row .

It'll be interesting to see the reaction to the motion, pictured below, at today's meeting.

I'll be reporting live from the meeting, which starts at 10:00 GMT. We'll bring you updates here. 

Motion at Surrey County Council meeting
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'Sweetheart deal' tax hike leader faces no confidence vote

Tanya Gupta

BBC News

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge
Surrey County Council

Calls for a Tory county council leader to resign over an alleged "sweetheart" funding deal with the government is to be debated today.

A motion of no confidence in Surrey council leader David Hodge was tabled by the Lib Dems after a row over the alleged council tax funding deal.

The council confirmed a debate will be held today after claims the row had undermined the leader's credibility.

The government has denied Labour claims Surrey was offered a " sweetheart deal ".

A proposal for a 15% council tax hike - which would have sparked a referendum in the county - was later dropped in favour of a  4.99% increase .

The debate will take place at the first full council meeting since the rise was scrapped. You can read my full story here .

We'll bring you live updates from the meeting, which starts at 10:00 GMT.