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.

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The deal in Southampton is a grubby affair, with an aging Lib Dem group grasping for one last period in power.

They have been in decline in Southampton for 4 years and getting into bed with Labour will finish them off.

Maybe they ned to learn from Eastleigh where the Lib Dems go from strength to strength?

by jim on February 21, 2008 at 7:13 pm. Reply #

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