Over the past year Pendle Council has been run by a joint administration between Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Leader has been Labour Councillor Mohammed Iqbal and the Deputy Leader Liberal Democrat Councillor Tony Greaves. The Lib-Lab administration invited Tory councillors to take part in discussions although the Tories had refused to attend key meetings on matters such as funding for local services.
Results of Local Election 2016 in Pendle
The results of the local council elections for Pendle on 5th May 2016 are as follows:
25 Councillors needed for a majority
Councillor Tony Greaves responds to the Conservatives’ demand to take over the leadership of Pendle Council
Councillor Greaves, who represents Waterside Ward in Colne and is Leader of the Liberal Group said today:
“The Liberal Democrat group met on Sunday morning and agreed to meet both the other parties on the Council. We expect to meet Labour on Friday and the Conservatives on Saturday."
“What is clear is that every party on Pendle Council is a minority and that will be the position for at least two years and probably for some years to come. In the circumstances it is our duty to look for an arrangement for the coming year which is in the best interests of the people of Pendle. It could involve a minority administration or two or more parties working together."
“In the past few days we have seen some rather arrogant, triumphalist and boastful statements by the Conservatives which in our opinion are not justified by the results (together with some bogus numbers of how people voted). The fact is that no more than two voters in five voted Conservative this year and just over 60% voted against them. They have no automatic right to take over the leadership of the Council," said Liberal Democrat Tony Greaves.
“What we will do is to talk with each of the other groups about a possible joint agreement based firmly on policies and projects. We expect to receive proposals from each of the other parties.”
Councillor Iqbal will remain as Leader of the Council unless a motion of no confidence is passed in him at the Annual Meeting of the Council on Thursday 19th May.
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