NEGOTIATIONS to resolve the deadlock over Wirral’s hung council appeared to be no closer this week – and unlikely to be sorted out very soon.
On Monday Liberal Democrat leader Simon Holbrook, whose party has the balance of power, was trying to return from a trip to Dublin, but was grounded by the volcanic ash cloud which has caused chaos at British airports.
Cllr Holbrook’s party has 15 seats on the council, on which no party has overall control.
Any group controlling the council needs 34 out of the 66 available seats to have a majority.
Following the local elections, the Conservatives increased their number of seats to 27 and are the largest party, with Labour on 24 seats.
Cllr Holbrook said he was “very disappointed” he would miss one of the key events of the council year, the Mayor-making ceremony.
He said he was aware of mounting speculation about what his party would decide, but said: “The council does not need a decision until next Monday, and we will take our time and weigh up the options and the best interests of the people of Wirral. We will not be rushed into any decision.”
Wirral’s councillors are due to meet next Monday to elect a council leader.
Tory leader Jeff Green said he was still waiting to meet with the Lib- Dems over their offer, and his party hoped to emulate the deal which had been done nationally between Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.