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Councillor is rebel with a clause.

A COUNCILLOR was given permission to vote against his party line at a crucial planning meeting.

Clr Paul Kane broke ranks by opposing Labour's proposal for the Local Development Framework (LDF). The Dewsbury East Labour man voted against his party's plan because it releases 35 hectares of green belt land for industrial use at Chidswell. Clr Kane was the only one of the party's 27 councillors to vote against the plan at Wednesday's monthly meeting of Kirklees Council. But Labour leader Clr Mehboob Khan revealed yesterday that the Dewsbury councillor had permission to rebel on the issue. Clr Khan said: "Paul came under some extreme pressure at various public meetings and, unfortunately, he said that he would not vote in favour of development at Chidswell. Paul had an exemption to vote for the issues raised by his residents. It's not a disciplinary matter. Paul sought the consent of the Labour group to speak for his residents and the consensus was that he should be given that."


* BROKE RANKS: Clr Paul Kane
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2011
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