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Southend Labour, Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors have announced their intention to form a joint administration following the results of the local elections in May which saw the Conservatives lose four seats and lose their position as the largest group.

A vote of no confidence in the current administration has been called for Monday 20th May where a new leader will be voted in, and the joint administration will take executive control of the council.

Cllr Daniel Cowan, Leader of the Labour Group, said “I am delighted to confirm that an agreement has been reached with two other groups to form the stable administration the council and city needs moving forward.  The council has significant challenges ahead including managing the waste contract which the Conservatives agreed would change to fortnightly collection, taking Fossetts Farm forward to secure the future of the football club, and the budget strain we will inherit.  These issues will require cross-party working and to give the city stability and security; it is importantly we do that officially.  I look forward to working closely with colleagues from across the chamber to deliver on our agreed priorities for the city.”

Cllr Paul Collins, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said “I am grateful for the opportunity to create a difference for the people of Southend.  We must make the most of our time in administration to repay the collective trust placed in our groups.  We have a big job in front of us but I am confident we will rise to the challenge with a cabinet that draws on the strengths and experience of a broad coalition.  We will operate in a fair, transparent manner that enhances our services and protects our finances.”

Cllr Steve Wakefield, Independent Group Spokesperson, said “The outcome of these elections were clear, the electorate has spoken with their votes and voted the Conservatives out.  Southend voted for a mix of political ideas and therefore the right thing to do is work collaboratively with other groups to deliver on shared values and make a difference to the people we’re elected to represent.  This is a strong arrangement that protects our values and ability to represent the interests of our residents whilst ensuring the stability the council needs.  We will work well together and get on with the business of delivering for our city.”

The new administration will be formally created at a Special Council meeting on Monday 20th May 2024.  Residents can watch via the webcast on



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