Labour takes control of Walsall Council after 14 years' opposition
- 11 August 2014
- From the section Birmingham & Black Country
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.