Derby

Derby City Council to be run by Tory-Lib Dem coalition

A coalition of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is to run Derby City Council.

Negotiations have been going on since the elections on 5 May left no party with a majority.

Labour won 22 seats, the Conservatives 16 and the Liberal Democrats 12, with one Independent.

The agreement means Conservative Harvey Jennings is council leader and Liberal Democrat Hilary Jones is deputy.

The cabinet which runs the council will consist of five Conservatives and three Liberal Democrats.

The new administration has not commented on the deal, but Labour group leader Paul Bayliss said: "It's an interesting development - I'm slightly disappointed because you gear yourselves up for these things and now we'll have to wait another year."

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