Stroud and Forest councils due to start coalition talks

Coalition talks are due to place in the Forest of Dean and Stroud after no party won enough seats in the local elections to form an administration.

The Conservatives lost overall control in both areas.

But the party won control of both Gloucester and Tewkesbury, while staying in power in the Cotswolds.

Stroud's former Labour MP David Drew, who returned to politics after winning the Pagan Hill ward, said it was unlikely his group would "do a deal".

"I doubt it, but anything's possible," he said.

"But I think what we want is an effective group. We want to move this council in a way in which it faces up to its responsibilities."

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