Tied vote so toss of a coin decides committee chair

Lorna Dupre

Split vote of 7-7 for chair of the overview and scrutiny committee of the combined authority was decided on the toss of a coin. Cllr Lorna Dupre won and Cllr Alan Sha - Credit: Archant

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".