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Council leader fears town will revert to 'sleazy Slough' amid rumours he will be removed

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Council leader fears town will revert to 'sleazy Slough' amid rumours he will be removed

The leader of Slough Borough Council has vowed to fight for a ‘credible group of people’ to be part of the cabinet, if he is removed as leader on Monday.

An extraordinary full council meeting is due to take place at The Centre where councillors are set to discuss a motion which is calling for the removal of Cllr Rob Anderson as the leader of Slough Borough Council (SBC).

The motion claims the council ‘has lost full confidence’ in Cllr Anderson who has ‘adopted an authoritarian control’ which has led to councillors feeling ‘isolated and irrelevant’.

In the lead up to the meeting Cllr Anderson told the Express of his concerns about the town’s reputation slipping back to ‘sleazy Slough’. The name comes from a 1998 BBC Panorama documentary about allegations of bribery, corruption and intimidation which then ‘haunted’ the town.

Cllr Anderson said: “I think that we have fought long and hard to rid ourselves of that name and I am doing everything in my power to ensure we do not go back to those days.”

The council leader also said he will fight to ensure a ‘credible group of people’ will be appointed to the cabinet if the council votes to remove him as its leader.

The motion for his removal was proposed by the new Slough Labour leader, Cllr Sohail Munawar, who has previously accused Cllr Anderson of ‘bringing the authority into disrepute’.

But this week Cllr Roger Davies (Lab, Cippenham Green) confirmed to the Express he was one of 12 councillors who had sent an email to SBC chief executive Ruth Bagley expressing concerns about alleged comments made by Cllr Munawar stating he would sack senior council staff if he were appointed leader.

Cllr Davis described the comments as ‘worrying’.

He added: “It upset quite a few of us and we did not want to end up getting in trouble so we told Ms Bagley about it.”

The meeting will take place at The Centre in Farnham Road at 7pm.

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