Decision-making debate to replace the Leader of Slough
Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 19:00
This Council has lost confidence in the current Leader of the Council, Councillor
Sohail Munawar; and we the undersigned hereby call for a vote to be taken to remove
Councillor Munawar as Leader of the Council, under Council Procedure Rule 14(c).
Further that under Rule 14 the Council moves to appoint a new Leader at the same
Council meeting. The Motion relates to actions taken and the conduct of the Leader
in his role in public office.
- Councillor Munawar has failed to conduct an open and transparent recruitment
process to secure a permanent Chief Executive for the Council, which culminated
in the then Deputy Council Leader refusing to endorse the selected candidate due
to concerns over the validity and propriety of the process.
- This has led to damage to the Council's reputation in wider local
Government and harmed the image of the Council and of the Borough and town of
- Councillor Munawar has not acknowledged his accountability for the failure to
speedily replace the previous Chief Executive, despite assertions that it was
vital to do so 11 months ago, and he seems to be more concerned with getting an
outcome that suits him rather than with protecting the authority by conducting a
fair recruitment process.
- At a time when the involvement and participation of all Councillors, including
opposition Councillors, was necessary to resolve problems and difficulties,
Councillor Munawar has adopted authoritarian control rather than showing
Leadership and bringing the Council together to select a new Chief Executive.
Thus a majority of Slough Borough Councillors have been isolated and left feeling
- Councillor Munawar consistently fails to ensure that the Ruling Group is a
cohesive policy-making group that sets out and articulates a clear, well-defined,
and cohesive vision for the Council and the future of our town. Thus he has failed
in the first tenet of Leadership.
- Councillor Munawar has lost the confidence of the majority of elected members
of the Council.
- To highlight his poor judgement, he has this month sacked his Deputy, despite
her having a personal mandate conveyed to her by her Council appointment after
an election within the ruling Labour Group. Her sacking has arisen from complaints,
made against Cllr Munawar about his behaviour in office by the Deputy Leader and
several female councillors, which have led to his suspension from the Labour
- We believe that, under his Leadership, the Council is at significant risk of
Government intervention for its failure to demonstrate good-governance,
transparent decision-making and adherence to the Nolan Principles of Public
This Council therefore has no confidence in Council Munawar's ability to take
the Council forward as Leader.
This Council therefore resolves to remove him as Leader of the Council and this Council then votes to elect a new Leader of the Council.
Councillor Roger Davis,
Councillor Natasa Pantelic,
Councillor Rob Anderson,
Councillor Sabia Hussain.