Ex-Cornwall Council leader Alec Robertson hints at comeback

Alec Robertson Alec Robertson was removed as leader of the council in October following a vote of no confidence

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The former leader of Cornwall Council Alec Robertson has said he would consider standing for election again if he was asked.

Mr Robertson was removed as leader of the Tory-Independent-led authority in October after a vote of no confidence.

The vote was held over the decision to push ahead with plans to part-privatise some key council services.

However, speaking for the first time since the vote, Mr Robertson said "never say never" to a return.

HE said: "It was a tough job. Everything would depend on the elections in May.

'Painful experience'

"If I was asked to do it again I would consider it. Never say never."

Speaking about the vote against him in October, Mr Robertson said: "It was a painful experience for me and for my family. They were hurt and that hurt me too."

He said his time as leader of the council had been a "gruelling three and a half years" but he said he was proud of the "amazing success we have had".

His comments come in the same week a senior councillor from Cornwall's cabinet resigned over an alleged plan to use what she has described as "lie detector" technology.

Councillor Fiona Ferguson said she was unhappy about the monitoring of phone calls to claimants of single-person's 25% council tax relief.

Mr Robertson, Conservative councillor for Helston North, said her resignation is another indication of how it is "not going well" at the council.

"I am very concerned about that. I am still a committed councillor," he said.

Two months after Mr Robertson was removed as leader of the council, the chief executive of Cornwall Council announced he was moving to New Zealand to take up a new post.

Kevin Lavery has been confirmed as the NZ$400,000 (£203,350)-a-year chief executive of Wellington City Council.

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