Tied vote so toss of a coin decides committee chair
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A councillor retained the chair of a key local government committee – by a toss of the coin.
Cllr Lorna Dupre was seeking re-election as chair of the overview and scrutiny committee of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CAPCA).
The Lib Dem councillor found herself with a challenger when the Conservatives proposed Cllr Alan Sharp.
With each candidate picking up seven votes, the committee clerk remarked “that is a tie, so will have do a coin toss”.
Cllr Dupre went for heads, won the toss, and duly becomes chair.
“I am honoured to be elected chair for further year – very much done on my choice of heads or tails,” she said.
Cllr Sharp was nominated and voted through as vice chair without challenge.
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Cllr Dupre tweeted later that the Conservatives had disputed the coin toss and had "apparently requisitioned a special meeting of the Combined Authority Board to seek to overturn.
"The monitoring officer told the board that the election had been properly conducted by officers".