With the minority Conservative government vulnerable to backbench revolts, potentially politically complex reorganisation looks likely to be placed far down the list of priorities in the short term at least.
Before the election, Local Government Association chair Lord Porter (Con) told LGC Theresa May would need a Commons majority of at least 50 seats to get proposals through.
MPs have always been significant players in reorganisation bids but they are not set to become pivotal as the government anxiously balances backbench interests.
A recent intervention by sceptical Christchurch MP Chrisopher Chope (Con) was said to have led to a decision being delayed on the ‘Future Dorset’ proposal.
Lord Porter said reorganisation is now very much “off the table” as it is too “politically toxic” to dela with.
Despite communities secretary Sajid Javid’s backing for reorganisation, including praise for Buckinghamshire’s single unitary proposal, few expect him to be able to elevate the agenda.
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