Our Labour county group has been successful in negotiating an agreement with Liberal Democrat and Independent Groups to seek to form a Joint Administration to run Cambridgeshire County Council, ending four years of Conservative control. The full text of the agreement can be read here.

Labour Group leader Cllr Elisa Meschini (King’s Hedges) will be the nominee as Deputy Leader of the Council, with the Liberal Democrats taken the Leadership of the Council, reflecting that they are the larger group. Labour councillors will serve in 14 positions as Chair or Vice Chairs of council committees, with other parties also nominated for positions on a proportional basis. An Independent councillor is planned to be Chair of the Council.

Elisa Meschini welcomed the news, saying;

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity we have to advance an agenda for change after decades of Conservative maladministration. This County Council will work with the new Labour Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr. Nik Johnson to deliver a greener, fairer economy, an end to transport poverty, better infrastructure and to support COVID recovery.


There is so much more we’ve wanted to do, in terms of tackling poverty and inequality, and we now have the opportunity to turn that vision into reality. People across Cambridgeshire have deserved much more from the county council administration for years, and this rainbow coalition – including a fantastic group of Labour councillors – will deliver, by working together.


When we were thrown in at the deep end of this exceptionally challenging local election campaign, on the back of lockdown and in the middle of an economic and health crisis, I didn’t think I could be prouder of our team of candidates for the County Council elections. Some of our retiring incumbents provided very large shoes to fill; our new intake of candidates had a broad range of political and professional experience and a level of passion that proved a great asset on the doorstep.


This wonderful team didn’t just win these elections, we smashed them. We took the city by storm, winning areas we hadn’t won before, and showing that when we stand on a powerful manifesto and on our record of commitment and delivery at the City and County level, there isn’t anywhere where our message can’t get through.

Labour’s Cllr Richard Howitt (Petersfield) who also negotiated the agreement on behalf of the Labour Group added:

“This is an historic opportunity to remove the Tories from power in Cambridgeshire and to form a new administration which will help turn Labour manifesto priorities in to reality.


Labour is committed to working with our partners to make a success of the Joint Administration, to work for a more caring, just and environmentally friendly County Council for all the people of Cambridgeshire.”



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