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LIB DEMS POWER-SHARE PLAN FAILS

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A Liberal Democrat plan for an 'administration of all the talents' in Redbridge LBC has come unstuck within days of...
A Liberal Democrat plan for an 'administration of all the talents' in Redbridge LBC has come unstuck within days of the hung council's annual meeting.

The nine-strong Lib Dem group backed Conservative candidates for leader and deputy leader but moved their votes between Tory and Labour nominees for the committee chairs. The Tories swiftly resigned from the joint administration, leaving Labour to run a minority administration ahead of a special meeting in early July.

Lib Dem group leader Richard Hoskins said it was trying to get the two parties to work together. He said: 'It has been a balanced council for six years and both the major groups feel there is only way to run a council - with the biggest party in charge. There is a lot of talent on the council and we ought to work together for the good of the borough. They have gone for 'Titanic' politics, rearranging chairs while the good ship Redbridge is again in danger of sinking.'

Keith Axon, who leads a Tory group of 24, five fewer than the Labour group, said it was right the largest group ran the council and the second largest led on scrutiny. He said he had agreed with his Labour opposite, Muhammed Javed, Labour would hold executive positions while the Tories chaired all scrutiny committees.
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