Conwy council leader faces leadership contest
The leader of Conwy council is facing a challenge to his role with a motion to force him out of the job.
Councillors will discuss whether Gareth Jones should be replaced and a new leader appointed next week.
The call to hold the motion was signed by five councillors from three different political groups, prompting a full council meeting on Monday.
Mr Jones leads a coalition of Conservative, independent and former Plaid Cymru councillors.
He is part of a group called Plaid Annibynnol, but said the motion was motivated by the "naked political ambition" of a former cabinet member and "misguided loyalty".
Conservative councillor Sam Rowlands, who had been the cabinet member for finance, was removed from his post last week by Mr Jones - who accused him of holding discussions with other councillors about changing leader and members of the cabinet.
Mr Rowlands said: "I've spoken to [Mr Jones] on a number of occasions about the need to build a larger majority coalition in Conwy and made no secret of the fact I've been discussing this with others.
"Having a minority administration makes it difficult to deliver the improvements local residents deserve.
"We need a stable, majority administration in Conwy and I will continue to work to achieve that."
Mr Jones said: "As a cabinet we have had to take difficult decisions over the last two years but we did that collectively as a team based on trust and a shared goal of delivering the best services for the residents of our county under difficult, sometimes almost impossible circumstances."