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Who Controls the Council

June 24, 2020 4:12 PM

Cllr Ruth SkeltonThis year the council elections were postponed until next May because of the COVID-19 virus. So, the City Council remains with no party having an overall majority. The Tories continue to run the Council via their Cabinet, which takes most of the decisions. But earlier this year, they refused to bring in the committee system (where there is better scrutiny). So, the Lib Dems have had to do the next best thing - make sure that opposition councillors are leading the scrutiny function on the Council. The Tories cannot be allowed to mark their own homework.

Lib Dem Council Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton said: "With elections having been postponed this year because of the Covid-19 crisis, it's important that democracy is still listened to. The Conservatives run the cabinet and have been acting as if they alone have the power in Derby but that's not what the voters chose, and they refused to listen to reasonable suggestions.

"Opposition councillors have agreed a common-sense way of holding the Conservative Cabinet to account. I believe this will lead to better decisions for all the people of Derby who we have been elected to serve."