Somerset Council vice chair resigns
The Leveller® understands that the Vice Chair of Somerset County Council is to be replaced.
Councillor Mark Keating was Vice Chair of the council. Due to the absence of Cllr Nigel Taylor, he had been acting as Chair of the council. However he has now left the Conservative group on the council and resigned as Vice Chair. Cllr Keating will however remain as councillor for Coker until the elections in May.
We understand that at issue was the way Cllr Keating had chaired the last full council meeting of SCC. That was on 24 November 2021. This drew considerable criticism at the time. There have also been issues with a number of Cllr Keating’s social media posts. Whilst these have since been removed, we understand that they are to be subject to a Standards Committee investigation.
There are two full council meetings scheduled before the May election, including budget setting. Therefore a new Vice Chair of the council is to be appointed. We understand that Cllr Peter Clayton (Burnham North) will be nominated as the new Vice Chair of the council. This should be at the next full council meeting which is scheduled for the 19 January.