Labour takes control of Walsall Council after 14 years' opposition

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Labour has taken control of Walsall Council after 14 years as the authority's opposition party.

Conservative Mike Bird was deposed as leader following a special meeting on Monday evening.

Fellow councillors voted for Labour group leader Sean Coughlan to replace Mr Bird, who headed the previous Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

There were 31 votes in favour, 12 against, and 16 abstentions.

Mr Bird survived a leadership challenge in June, despite Labour emerging as the biggest single party in the local elections.

Labour renewed its bid for control of the council after a by-election for former leader Tim Oliver's seat was held last month.

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