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BCS votes to keep spending secret

Confidence motion shows little confidence

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The Extraordinary General Meeting of the BCS yesterday voted in favour of the wide-ranging reforms recommended by its current management, but revealed a substantial rump of angry rebels remains.

The vote to suspend further spending on the "Transformation" scheme until there is full and open transparency of where the £5m is being spent was supported by 37.6 per cent of voters. Some 32 per cent of BCS members voted - about twice as many as usual.

The vote of no confidence in the current board of Trustees was opposed by 76.5 per cent of the membership who voted versus 23.5 per cent in favour of their removal. A vote of no confidence in chief executive David Clarke was supported by a similar number - 23 per cent.

The board withdrew its attempt to stymie future revolts.

Current regulations mean that just 50 BCS members can force an EGM, the board was pushing for this to go up to two per cent of members, this resolution was withdrawn pending further consultation.

Rebels had questioned the skills and experience of senior managers at the BCS and the corporate culture they have created. They also expressed concerns at how the rebranding money has been spent.

The charity brings in £30m a year and employs 266 staff. ®

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