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Tories take power at Derby council with Lib Dem support

The Conservatives have taken control of Derby City Council after coming to an agreement with the local Liberal Democrat party.

Councillor Harvey Jennings will be the new leader of Derby City Council.

The two parties have signed up to a two-year deal whereby the Lib Dems will give the Tories their support.

Mr Jennings said the two parties had not agreed to a coalition and the Lib Dems would not have any cabinet seats on the new council.

"It was reasonable for our two groups to be sensible about the situation and to agreed to take the city forward," Mr Jennings said.

"We have hammered out a two-year mutual support agreement and we will identify issues as they arise."

The council has been without a cabinet since the local elections on 6 May, which left Labour with 17 seats and the Tories and Lib Dems with 16 each.

The Tories became the largest party on the council following the defection of Lib Dem councillor Frank Harwood and independent councillor Prem Chera.



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