Durham County Council: First six months of new administration

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It was the end of an era, drawing 100 years of Labour rule to a close and ushering in County Durham’s first “joint administration”, an alliance of former political rivals.

In the first of a series of features, the leaders of Conservative, Lib Dem and Independent groups tell reporter Gareth Lightfoot how their first six months of power in partnership have shaped up.

IT was a “momentous” change.

Labour lost control of Durham County Council for the first time in 100 years following a loss of seats in May’s election, and an alliance of opposing groups took the reins.

Former political rivals agreed to come together to form a “joint administration” at County Hall.

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