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Independent to be WLGA leader

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Independents have captured the leadership of the Welsh Local Government Association after Labour’s heavy losses in last month’s elections.

Pembrokeshire CC leader John Davies (Ind) is due to be elected leader at the WLGA’s annual meeting at the end of this month. Outgoing leader Derek Vaughan (Lab), leader of Neath Port Talbot CBC, is expected to be his deputy.

May’s elections saw the greatest upheaval in Welsh local politics since the present 22 councils were formed in 1996.

Labour lost 124 seats, leaving it with 342, trailing the independents who have 381.

Plaid Cymru, the Tories and Liberal Democrats have also committed to continued power sharing in the WLGA.

The association said in a statement: “In the continued spirit of political unity, all parties will speak with one voice ensuring that the WLGA as the major lobbying body for local government in Wales is heard loud and clear.”

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