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Council votes 21 to 2 for Mayor to resign

The resignation with immediate effect of Boston Mayor Cllr Bernard Rush was demanded by 21 councillors at an extraordinary meeting of Boston Borough Council on Monday night. Two voted against the motion and one member abstained.

There is no mechanism to force the Mayor to resign. The motion further called for withdrawal of all administrative support if Cllr Rush refused to resign.

Meetings of the full council are always chaired by the Mayor, but Cllr Rush left the meeting after declaring a disclosable pecuniary interest .

Deputy Mayor Cllr Barrie Pierpoint chaired the meeting.

Council Leader, Cllr Michael Cooper, proposed the motion: "That this council is deeply concerned with the actions of the Mayor in posting offensive and political comments on his Facebook page. The council believes the Mayor should reflect carefully on the words he has used. He has caused significant personal distress to those named and demeaned the great office that is The Worshipful the Mayor of Boston. They Mayor, who is the 483rd person to hold this position of historic office, has sullied the role of First Citizen and champion of the Borough with petty, political point scoring that is factually incorrect. This council calls for the Mayor's resignation with immediate effect."

The motion was seconded by Cllr David Brown. Cllr Richard Austin proposed the addition to the motion, seconded by Cllr Aaron Spencer,  of withdrawal of administrative support if the meeting agreed the Mayor should resign and he refused to do so.