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OXFORD UNITES TO LEAD IN WAKE OF NEW SETUP

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Conservative and Liberal Democrat members on Oxfordshire CC have agreed to form a joint administration after 16 yea...
Conservative and Liberal Democrat members on Oxfordshire CC have agreed to form a joint administration after 16 years as a hung council.

The balance is 26 Conservatives, 24 Labour, 18 Lib Dems and two Greens.

The two parties have agreed a policy framework for the joint administration to coincide with the council's move to a cabinet and leader structure.

The council will have a Tory leader and a Lib Dem deputy leader. Nine executive portfolios will cover the rest of the council's activities. The Labour group will chair the council's scrutiny committees.

Conservative group leader Keith Mitchell said: 'Oxfordshire faces challenging times ahead. We have to win the argument for a fair share of national resources. Above all, we need to work in partnership with our colleagues in district, town and parish councils, and in the health, academic, public and private sectors to make Oxfordshire a better place. This will take leadership.'

Lib Dem group leader Margaret Godden said: 'Oxfordshire's difficulties, especially its financial difficulties, will not go away. But I am confident this administration is well-placed to face up to them.'

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