More news from the talks in Powys to add to what I told you earlier. The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader there, Councillor John Morris, says his group has turned down an offer to chair a scrutiny committee and has committed itself to 'effective opposition and scrutiny.'
Efforts to form an administration in Powys continue to cause interest. I told you here that opposition from Welsh leaders of both Labour and the Conservatives apparently led to the breakdown of what could have been an extraordinary Labour-Conservative-Independent coalition.
I now hear that what looks likely to emerge is a Tory-Independent minority administration which would have tacit support from the Labour group despite opposition from party leaders. The Lib Dems, I'm told, have agreed to sit on the sidelines if they're given the chair of a scrutiny committee.
Labour says its councillors won't get involved in running the council but will play an important role in scrutinising whoever does. And no deal is certain: whatever bad feeling exists between official parties, I gather it's nothing compared to hostility amongst the different groups of Independents.
Plaid Cymru has confirmed that it will lead Ceredigion council after successfully negotiating a coalition deal with some Independent councillors. Until last week's elections, Ceredigion had been run by a coalition of Independents, Lib Dems and Labour councillors.
A little more information on the talks to form an administration in Powys. I gather negotiations to reach what would have been an extraordinary deal between some Independent councillors, Labour and the Conservatives has broken down.
I understand that was because both Labour and Conservative parties back in Cardiff were unhappy about the idea. Welsh Labour will only say that it has decided to take an opposition role on the council.
The Lib Dems are said to have ruled themselves out of any talks after losing their leader and the Independents don't have enough numbers to rule as a single group which means it's back to the drawing board.
Talks are still going on at the 9 local authorities left without a single party or group in overall control. What I knew earlier this week is here and here. Today a Labour source tells me the party is still negotiating with Independents in Vale of Glamorgan, Wrexham, Flintshire and Carmarthenshire.
Labour councillors won't take part in running Powys, and look certain to form the opposition in Monmouthshire and Denbighshire.
A Conservative source tells me the party's involved in coalition talks in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham but that talks are ongoing and not to expect answers 'anytime soon.'
Talks are now taking place to try to form administrations in the 9 local authorities left without one party or grouping in overall control. A Labour source tells me the party is set to form alliances with Independent councillors in order to take charge of Vale of Glamorgan, Flintshire and Wrexham.
Labour expects to be in opposition in Denbighshire, Pembrokeshire and Monmouthshire. It says discussions are ongoing in Carmarthenshire and expects Conwy's power-sharing arrangement, known by some as an 'anti-Tory' coalition, to continue. A Plaid source agrees that that scenario is likely in Conwy.
Plaid's also said it wants to talk to other parties and independents in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. I understand the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups in Monmouthshire are in talks, but have no more details on that yet. I'll update you when I do.
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Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams has spoken of 'genuine hurt and frustration' felt by party activists at last week's local election losses. She acknowledged that 'the vast majority (of what went wrong) can be attributed to London' and the effect of being in the UK coalition government.
But she said it would be 'lazy' to blame it all on UK matters and said the Welsh party must see what it could do better and why it managed to hold on in some places and not others. She said,
We need a proper analysis of what happened. There's no consistency to the results. If it was all about London, we'd have been wiped out everywhere and we weren't.
She also said she hadn't thought of resigning, adding that
If anything the results have made me more cross, more angry. I've devote the vast majority of my adult life to this cause; to quit now when it's hard? No, it's made me more blinking determined.
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