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Done deal as Lib Dems, Labour and Independents join forces to run Cambridgeshire County Council




The Liberal Democrat, Labour, and Independent groups have struck a deal for the control of Cambridgeshire County Council.

The historic agreement was signed by the leaders of the three groups at Shire Hall in Cambridge at noon today, Friday (14).

The document includes a policy framework, protocols for working arrangements between the groups, and a new committee structure.

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cllr Elisa Meschini, leader of the Labour group, and Cllr Tom Sanderson, leader of the Independent group sign the agreement on their rainbow coalition at Cambridgeshire County Council. From left Cllr Tom Sanderson, Cllr Lorna Dupre, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cllr Richard Howitt and Cllr Elisa Meschini. Cllr Lorna Dupre (Lib Dem), and Cllr Richard Howitt (Labour) were part of the negotiating team . Picture: Keith Heppell. (47178815)
Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cllr Elisa Meschini, leader of the Labour group, and Cllr Tom Sanderson, leader of the Independent group sign the agreement on their rainbow coalition at Cambridgeshire County Council. From left Cllr Tom Sanderson, Cllr Lorna Dupre, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cllr Richard Howitt and Cllr Elisa Meschini. Cllr Lorna Dupre (Lib Dem), and Cllr Richard Howitt (Labour) were part of the negotiating team . Picture: Keith Heppell. (47178815)

Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Lucy Nethsingha will be the joint administration’s nominee for leader of the council, with Labour group leader Ccouncillor Elisa Meschini as deputy leader.

Coun Nethsingha said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to come to such a comprehensive and ambitious agreement for our joint administration for Cambridgeshire County Council.

“There are huge issues facing Cambridgeshire, and rebuilding after the Covid pandemic will not be easy, but we are excited about the prospect of rebuilding a greener, fairer Cambridgeshire.

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cllr Elisa Meschini, leader of the Labour group, and Cllr Tom Sanderson, leader of the Independent group sign the agreement on their rainbow coalition at Cambridgeshire County Council. From left Cllr Elisa Meschini, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha and Cllr Tom Sanderson . Picture: Keith Heppell. (47178808)
Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cllr Elisa Meschini, leader of the Labour group, and Cllr Tom Sanderson, leader of the Independent group sign the agreement on their rainbow coalition at Cambridgeshire County Council. From left Cllr Elisa Meschini, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha and Cllr Tom Sanderson . Picture: Keith Heppell. (47178808)

“Tackling the climate emergency will be at the heart of our administration, and will be a key focus across all policy areas. We will bring in a new spirit of partnership and collaboration between the County Council and all its partners, in local government and more widely and we will fight hard for a fairer share of national government spending for Cambridgeshire.”

Coun Meschini added: “I am extremely excited about the opportunity we have to advance an agenda for change after decades of Conservative maladministration. This county council will be an effective partner working with the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson to deliver a greener, fairer economy, an end to transport poverty, better infrastructure and to support.

“We also look forward to restoring trust in our structures and governance, making the distribution of services more equitable for all, and bringing the council closer to the heart of all our communities wherever they are. We will give more power to local people in influencing the decisions that matter most to them.”

Lib Dem Lucy Nethsingha (left) is new leader of Cambridgeshire County Council with Labour's Elisa Meschini as her deputy. Picture: Keith Heppell.
Lib Dem Lucy Nethsingha (left) is new leader of Cambridgeshire County Council with Labour's Elisa Meschini as her deputy. Picture: Keith Heppell.

Coun Tom Sanderson, leader of the Independent group, said: “Independent members of Cambridgeshire County Council are pleased to be working with the new administration and the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party group. We have worked together to provide an excellent set of policies for the next few years that will make our local communities a better place for everyone.”

The leader of the independent group, Tom Sanderson (47171776)
The leader of the independent group, Tom Sanderson (47171776)

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