UKIP member Robin Hunter-Clarke failed in his bid to change the democratic process at full meeting of the Lincolnshire County Council this afternoon.
Mr Hunter-Clarke claimed the current ‘cabinet style’ system meant many councillors had little influence over the decision to turn the majority of Lincolnshire’s libraries into volunteer-run hubs.
He was dismayed when the plan was given the official go-ahead by just nine executive members and branded the decision making process ‘undemocratic’.
The Skegness councillor’s motion focused on a return to the committee form of governance which would address the ‘democratic deficit’ at County Hall.
But his motion was amended by Labour who claimed more decisions could be made by full council.
Labour wanted the current all-party working group on the constitution to bring back proposals to achieve that aim and Mr Hunter-Clarke agreed to back it instead of his own.
“I supported the amendment,” said Mr Hunter-Clarke.
"We do need change and hopefully we need to work together and that’s why I supported it.”
Numerous councillors hit out against going back to a committee-style form of governance.
Many believed the ‘cabinet-style’ system currently in place was far better and put forward strong arguments for its retention.
Martin Hill, leader of the council, said: “These people do not like the fact that they have not got the majority and that is what it is all about.
"I could not support it.”
UKIP and Labour’s hopes were dashed in the final vote in which they were defeated by 35 votes to 26 with one abstention.