Tories take control of Wirral Council after Lib Dems drop Labour
A NEW coalition took charge of Wirral Council on Monday as the Liberal Democrats formed a joint administration with the Conservatives.
The Lib-Dems swapped partners after three years of power-sharing with Labour.
They followed their national leadership’s example, allowing Conservative Cllr Jeff Green to become the new leader of the council.
Outgoing Labour council leader Cllr Steve Foulkes dubbed the new administration a “coalition of losers” and said he believed Wirral’s Lib-Dems were pressurised by their national party.
He also called on any disgruntled Lib-Dems to join his party’s “real opposition to the Tories”.
But Lib-Dem group leader Cllr Simon Holbrook, who retains his position as deputy leader of the council, said the decision was “more about new politics and a commitment to inclusivity”, which had convinced his group.
At this month’s elections, the Lib-Dems lost five council seats, ending up with 15, while Labour gained four to finish with 24.
The Conservatives increased their number of seats to 27, staying as the largest party but still falling short of the 34 needed for an overall majority.