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Anglesey council deal struck

Welsh Labour sources have confirmed that its councillors on Anglesey have reached a deal to form an administration with Independent members. The deal was approved by the party's governing body, the National Executive Committee.

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Anglesey Independents must prove themselves - Plaid

Plaid Cymru is the largest political party on Anglesey council and had hoped to form a coalition to lead the authority. The island's AM, Ieuan Wyn Jones, and Plaid's council leader Bob Parry have issued a joint statement.

We are naturally disappointed that Labour has decided to form a coalition as the junior partner with the independents, something they said during the election that they would not do.

However, we now wish the new administration well. They will be judged by their performance with regards to care services, education, services for the elderly and vulnerable and other vital services provided on a local level.

The Plaid Cymru group on the council will play its part in ensuring that the people of Anglesey have a responsible opposition. We will hold the new administration to account and the electorate can be sure that we will always seek to ensure the best for the people of the island.

Our view is that Anglesey needs a stable administration to ensure that the island retains its own identity as a separate council. The independent-led administration needs to demonstrate that it is up to the task, something previous independent groups have failed to do.

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