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PN loses majority on St Paul’s Bay council

The Nationalist Party’s majority in St Paul’s Bay is in disarray after two councillors defect and mayor Graziella Galea risks a vote of no confidence

22 November 2017, 10:10am
St Paul's Bay mayor Graziella Galea
St Paul's Bay mayor Graziella Galea
Graziella Galea, the mayor of St Paul’s Bay, may face a motion of no confidence after two Nationalist Party councillors defected, sister news site Illum is reporting.

Galea, the daughter of former PN minister Censu Galea, became mayor in 2015 after the PN won back a majority from the Labour Party.

However, disaffection with her running of the council has led to the resignation of two PN councillors – Robert Piscopo and Joseph Vella – who now sit as independent councillors.

Illum reports that pressure has been mounting on Galea to resign from mayor or face a vote of no confidence. As things stand, the motion would pass if the two independent councillors vote with the six Labour Party council members.

The situation now sees the Labour Party enjoying a relative majority of seats on the council.

Vice mayor David Thake resigned from the council and the party in the wake of Adrian Delia becoming PN leader. Thake had said he could no longer represent the PN led by Delia.

The next council election will be held in 2019.