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TORIES LOSE POWER OVER REDBRIDGE SPLIT

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A minority Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition has taken control of Redbridge LBC after a split in the majority Conse...
A minority Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition has taken control of Redbridge LBC after a split in the majority Conservative group over leader Allan Burgess.

Despite holding just 29 seats on the 63-strong authority, Labour and the Lib Dems ousted the Tories after one-third of the majority group stayed away from a council meeting in protest at Mr Burgess' leadership.

Recently he held on to his position on the toss of the coin, after a leadership contest with former deputy leader Alan Hughes ended neck-and-neck.

Should they unite their 33 councillors behind Mr Burgess or anyone else, the Conservatives could take back power at the next council meeting on 15 July or force an emergency meeting to decide the issue.
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