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Political groups looking for a "rainbow" coalition at Cornwall Council

By RWhitehouse  |  Posted: May 08, 2013

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POLITICAL groups at County Hall have been locked in discussions to find a way of forming an administration following the Cornwall Council elections last week.

Statements issued on behalf of the Liberal Democrat group, Mebyon Kernow councillors and a joint statement from Independent councillors have all indicated a desire to form a "rainbow" coalition involving all the political groups at County Hall.

Conservative, Labour, UKIP and the single Green Party councillor are yet to indicate their intentions.

The Lib Dems announced that Jeremy Rowe and Alex Folkes had been re-elected as leader and deputy leader of their group by their colleagues and said they wanted to create a Partnership for Cornwall.

Mr Rowe said: "We are seeking to bring all the other groups on the authority together to offer their services as part of a Partnership for Cornwall.

"Whilst the Liberal Democrats are the largest single group on the authority, none have been given overall control. It is right, at this time when we are facing tough decisions, that we should seek to use the best talents within all groups and come together to do the best for the people of Cornwall.

"We will therefore be writing to the leaders of all groups on the council asking them to join a cross-party administration – a Partnership for Cornwall. We do not want to exclude any group or any of the talent within it. The people of Cornwall have sent a clear signal that they want the groups at County Hall to work together to face up to the tough times ahead.

"We will be asking each group to tell us what they think is important and what they want to achieve for the people of Cornwall."

In a statement on behalf of Independent councillors Andrew Wallis said: "Following the results of the council elections we have collectively agreed to seek the assistance and co-operation of all political groups at Cornwall Council to form an administration. We will do all we can do to form an alliance of all groups which will ensure at Cornwall Council has an effective administration.

"On the leadership, chairman and membership of committees we are not in a position to comment until we have heard from the other groups.

"We accept that these negotiations will take time; we all agree that we as Independents only have the interest of the people of Cornwall to worry about."

Mebyon Kernow leader Dick Cole said that his party would also like to see all groups work together at County Hall.

He said: "The MK group believes that all the groups on Cornwall Council should come together to form a "rainbow" administration, that would work together for the betterment of Cornwall.

"It is our hope that all groups will put their own political self-interest to one side and focus on building a united council that will be able to stand up and fight strongly for Cornwall."

The first full meeting of the new council will take place on May 21.

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  • break  |  May 08 2013, 10:05PM

    Don't know about working together,but it'd be nice to see someone working.Anyway,we know how partnerships work,the good ideas are always thought up by the strongest parties,and the mistakes are always blamed on one of the weaker parties,whereas in the meantime they weaker parties are usually ignored.Why have a rainbow coalition too,when its only a couple of people that seem to have all the power.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  May 08 2013, 8:04PM

    Good if this can be pulled off.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  May 08 2013, 4:13PM

    Fully agree leo and doubt this is in anyway for the best. We could take bets in days for when the antics will start and egos sulk and take the ball away.

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  • leolegrande  |  May 08 2013, 3:26PM

    I do hope the Rainbow Coalition works for the sake of Cornwall. However, knowing the antics that went on before and the fact that many of those same councillors are again back in power (Fiona), I am tipping that with a few short months, the knives and daggers will be out again, as the well intentioned "Lets all work together", gets put onto the back burner as Party Politics takes over.

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  • ukmiker  |  May 08 2013, 2:25PM

    Been saying this right from the get-go. I ran in the elections - didn't get elected but am prepared to support those that did providing they put party politics aside. I went into writing at the start of the campaign saying that the ONLY way that we could get things right for Cornwall was for people to work together, cross party, for the betterment of the county. We should give our full support to all councillors who strive to turn this theory into a reality. It is the only way and it is what they are there for. Anyone who wants to play party politics should go work in the Westminster village...and see how long they last.

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  • barrtribe  |  May 08 2013, 11:59AM

    to emurfitt, I agree to a degree; but how many of those that say they cant afford it have sky tv, still smoking and drinking, still have relatively new cars and furniture in their households. But they cant afford 300 quid a year to put back into society.

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  • barrtribe  |  May 08 2013, 11:57AM

    about time; for the good of the county that our politico's are looking at working together.

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  • emurfitt  |  May 08 2013, 11:27AM

    Let's hope the appalling decision to charge the poorest (including disabled) people a quarter of their council tax can be reversed. As one of the people of Cornwall who cannot find the extra £300+ on their council tax bill, the future, as it looks at the moment, terrifies me. The poll tax failed because it ignored ability to pay. The tories obviously think if they target the most vulnerable with their hate policies, they will get away with it.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  May 08 2013, 11:00AM

    Now that the Lib Dems are again the largest party at County Hall perhaps the recent decision to close AND DEMOLISH Chacewater's carpark toilets can be reversed. Not that long ago it was the Lib Dems who modernised them, making them disabled friendly. Con. 'concern' for the disabled having again been demonstrated, perhaps the Lib Dems could again come to our rescue?

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