Lib Dems agree joint administration at Cambridgeshire County Council

13 May 2021

Liberal Democrat, Labour, and Independent Groups on Cambridgeshire County Council have hammered out an agreement for a Joint Administration to run the Council.

The agreement was signed by the leaders of the three groups at Shire Hall in Cambridge at 12 noon on Friday 14 May. The document includes a policy framework, protocols for working arrangements between the groups, and a new committee structure.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha will be the Joint Administration’s nominee for Leader of the Council, with Labour Group Leader Cllr Elisa Meschini as Deputy Leader.

Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, 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.

“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."

Cllr Elisa Meschini, Leader of the Labour Group, said: “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 Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr. Nik Johnson to deliver a greener, fairer economy, an end to transport poverty, better infrastructure and to support Covid recovery.

“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.”

Cllr 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 full Joint Administration agreement can be found here

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