Tories and Lib Dems form Monmouthshire coalition

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THE Tories and the Lib Dems have agreed to run Monmouthshire council.

In this month's local elections the area's Conservatives lost control of the council and have since been in talks with other parties to agree a coalition.

Today the Tories and the Lib Dems agreed a "partnership administration" - but with only 22 of the council's 43 seats the ruling group will have a majority of just one.

A total of 10 independent members and 11 Labour members will be in opposition.

Cllr Peter Fox, leader of the Tory group of 19 members, said he was "excited" at the opportunity to "build on Monmouthshire’s record of innovation and achievement".

He said the parties would take forward a "progressive agenda".

Cllr Phil Hobson, leader of the Liberal Democrat group of three councillors, said the parties "share a passion for Monmouthshire".

He said: "I know that the combined energies of this partnership will give all the people of the County of Monmouthshire a place they can continue to be proud of."

The council is set to elect its leader - likely to be Peter Fox - when it meets on Thursday.

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5:26pm Tue 15 May 12

HillsidePaul says...

So the three remaining lib dems that didn't lose their seats cosy up to the Tories.

Funny that their leaflets told a different story. Still I suppose we should be grateful that they didn't promise anything on tuition fees.
So the three remaining lib dems that didn't lose their seats cosy up to the Tories. Funny that their leaflets told a different story. Still I suppose we should be grateful that they didn't promise anything on tuition fees. HillsidePaul
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5:58pm Tue 15 May 12

On the inside says...

"Tories and Lib Dems form Monmouthshire coalition", of course they did. Where else could the Lib-Dems get power wholly disporportionate to their votes just the way they like it.
"Tories and Lib Dems form Monmouthshire coalition", of course they did. Where else could the Lib-Dems get power wholly disporportionate to their votes just the way they like it. On the inside
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5:59pm Tue 15 May 12

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Lets hope they do a better job than the Condem coalition in Westminster! No doubt the people of Monmouthshire will hold the Liberals responsible for the failings of the Tory's. There is a precedent. Don't forget, 'we are all in this together!' hold me while I laugh.
Lets hope they do a better job than the Condem coalition in Westminster! No doubt the people of Monmouthshire will hold the Liberals responsible for the failings of the Tory's. There is a precedent. Don't forget, 'we are all in this together!' hold me while I laugh. Monmouthshire Merlin
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10:31pm Tue 15 May 12

CM1 says...

"no doubt the people of Monmouthshire will hold the Liberals responsible for the failings of the Tory's"

Huh??? Not with you.
"no doubt the people of Monmouthshire will hold the Liberals responsible for the failings of the Tory's" Huh??? Not with you. CM1
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10:25am Wed 16 May 12

Dee-Gee says...

" No doubt the people of Monmouthshire will hold the Liberals responsible for the failings of the Tory's."

Well, yeah... they're in power together. They take decisions together. They take the rap together.

Seems fair.
" No doubt the people of Monmouthshire will hold the Liberals responsible for the failings of the Tory's." Well, yeah... they're in power together. They take decisions together. They take the rap together. Seems fair. Dee-Gee
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11:45am Wed 16 May 12

ghyc60 says...

I fear for Monmouthshire.You only have to look what the same coalition have done nationally.Shame the electorate wasn't listened to!
I fear for Monmouthshire.You only have to look what the same coalition have done nationally.Shame the electorate wasn't listened to! ghyc60
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