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Oxfordshire County Council reverse move to axe chief

Joanna Simons
Image caption Joanna Simons resisted calls to resign her position following the abuse of girls in Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council has reversed its decision to axe its chief executive post.

Last month, council leader Ian Hudspeth admitted he may have "acted hastily" when deciding to make Joanna Simons redundant this summer.

He said he had taken legal advice after concerns were raised by fellow councillors.

Following a meeting of the full council, the Conservative-led authority voted to reverse the money-saving move.

Ms Simons had previously attracted criticism because of her salary.

She has been chief executive since 2005, and resisted pressure to resign following the conviction of a sadistic sex ring in Oxford in 2013.

Image caption Ian Hudspeth said he believed the council could be run without a chief executive

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