What they said about the state of the council...
"It saddens me now that some have decided in the latter days of this council to plunge it into serious uncertainty and disarray. There are difficult budgetary pressures facing us and there are more economic thunderclouds on the horizon. If you don't accept this reality it's time to hang up your political hats."
– Graham Hicks
"What he [Alec Robertson] is saying is that, having led us up the hill and shown us what he considers to be the promised land, he will lead us back down again."
– Bob Egerton, who proposed the motion to remove the leader of the council
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"I hope that we put the interests of Cornwall first here."
– Bert Biscoe.
"We [Mebyon Kernow] will be backing the no confidence vote because of the way this has happened."
– Dick Cole
"Has he [Alec Robertson] misappropriated funds? Has our leader ignored the constitution? Has he acted illegally, in which case we should call the police? No."
– John Wood
"If you look at what he [Alec Robertson] inherited, it is an amazing achievement from what he took over in 2009 to what we have today."
– Armand Toms
"I do not like his style. He cannot afford to talk down to Cornwall. But he is doing a massively difficult job and being supremely self-confident is something one needs in order to do the job. It's a 24/7 job."
– Fiona Ferguson
"I have fallen out with Alec Robertson more times than I can remember, but then I think about the people of Cornwall who are getting a balanced budget every year now and they are getting a service that works."
– Phil Tucker
"He [Alec Robertson] doesn't always get it right. But I feel there is not another person in this chamber who can fill his shoes."
– Mary May