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Councils' coalition talks - Monmouthshire deal finalised

As I reported yesterday Monmouthshire council will now be run by a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Some final details are still being worked out but it should be agreed at the council's AGM tonight. It's been warmly welcomed by the Conservatives' Assembly leader, Andrew RT Davies:

Under Conservative stewardship Monmouthshire council became a beacon of transparency with all expenditure above one pound made publicly available. Council tax was frozen by the authority, investment in roads was significantly increased, primary schools were rebuilt or remodelled and more efficient services were introduced.

Continued Conservative leadership of the council will ensure local people in Monmouthshire get the very best services and outstanding value for money.

There's been no official response yet from the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams. But a senior Monmouthshire Lib Dem tells me things will be very different, that there'll be 'a cultural change' in the way the authority is run and that 'it won't be business as usual.'

This is not just a partnership between parties, but will be a partnership with voluntary groups, individuals, anyone who has ideas for improving Monmouthshire. If you have those ideas, come to us: we will back you.

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