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Tuesday, 2 May, 2000, 20:50 GMT 21:50 UK
Goodway to stay as city's leader
Russell Goodway
Russell Goodway backed by fellow councillors
Russell Goodway has been re-elected as the Leader of Cardiff County Council with an "overwhelming majority".

A spokesperson for the Labour group on the council said that Mr Goodway had been re-elected during an "amicable meeting" - defeating the challenge from the Riverside councillor Paul Mitchell.

The group refused to give exact figures for the election.

Gordon Houlston was also re-elected as Deputy Leader of the council.

Mr Goodway has come in for criticism in recent months after it was revealed he was the highest paid council leader in Britain.

He also failed in a bid to become a Labour parliamentary candidate.

'Rebels'

He has since agreed a cut of about 20,000 from his 58,000 salary following pressure from the National Assembly.

But his stance on council pay sparked a row in the party with eight Labour councillors voting against him.

The "rebels" were suspended by the Cardiff Labour group but reinstated on appeal to the Wales Labour Party.

None of them wished to comment after the latest meeting in Cardiff.

However, Mr Mitchell said he did not expect to win, but was exercising his democratic right through challenging Mr Goodway for the leadership.

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