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