Tories lose control of Southampton; Lib Dem defection in Middlesbrough

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 2008

First up, news of the Tories being ejected from the town hall in Southampton:

The Conservatives have lost control of Southampton City Council. The change came as the full council met on Wednesday to agree the 2008/9 budget and fix the new council tax rate. Liberal Democrat and Labour members joined forces to oust the Conservatives and agreed a new budget with a council tax increase of 3.49%.

If you want to find out more, try the Southern Daily Echo report.

Meanwhile news reaches us of a defection from the Lib Dems to Labour in Middlesbrough. There is now one member of the Lib Dem group, which was five-strong when elected in May 2007. GazetteLive.co.uk has more.