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Labour and Tories doing grubby back room deals in joint power grab?

May 25, 2022 5:02 PM
By Derby Liberal Democrats

Cllrs Ajit Atwal and Ruth SkeltonToday, in Derby, Starmer's Labour councillors allowed Boris Johnson's Tories to take leadership of Derby City Council. At the City Council's AGM Tory and Labour councillors voted together to give themselves key positions of power in the Council.

Despite the Conservatives having only 18 seats, just over a third of the councillors, they have been given control of the majority of Council decisions with all the seats on the Cabinet. They have also gave key chairs and vice chair positions on Scrutiny Boards and Regulatory Committees (Planning and Licensing) to Conservatives - making it easier for the Conservatives to 'mark their own homework'.

Lib Dem Group leaders on the Council, Councillors Ruth Skelton and Ajit Atwal, think that people will be amazed that here in Derby Labour are backing Boris Johnson's Tories.

Ruth Skelton said "Last time a deal like this was done in Derby was back in 2007 when Chris Williamson and Philip Hickson spent a disastrous year trying to work together."

Ajit Atwal added "I find it unbelievable that Labour are willing to back the Tories when Conservative policies are causing so much hardship for people in wards like Abbey. It seems like Labour in Derby want to party with the Tories, regardless of the consequences for local people."