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ESSEX TORIES TAKE FLAK FOR FAILING TO TAKE CONTROL

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Essex CC Tories have come under attack for not taking control of the council after the collapse of the minority Li...
Essex CC Tories have come under attack for not taking control of the council after the collapse of the minority Liberal Democrat/Labour administration last week.

The Lib Dem/Lab coalition resigned in protest at the passing of a Conservative budget which limited council tax increases to 8.3%, 1.5% below the administration's preferred option (LGC, 25 February). The absence of a Labour member through illness allowed the Conservatives to prevail.

The Labour group has now accused Lord Hanningfield's Tories of not taking control because they knew the budget was unachievable. It said: 'They've been handed back control on a plate and they're not taking over. Why?'

The Tories said they did not want to run a minority administration: 'There's no guarantee that any Conservative policies will go through.'
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