SLOUGH political groups are set to gather this week hoping to form a joint administration as the council falls into no overall control.

The Slough Conservatives, Labour, and Liberal Democrats are arranging a meeting tomorrow in hopes to form a joint administration at Slough Borough Council.

According to the Slough Lib Dems, the Labour leader Pavitar Kaur Mann, re-elected Tory leader Dexter Smith, and the Lib Dem leader at the council Amjad Abbasi will meet tomorrow (Friday). A time is yet to be arranged.

The ruling Slough Labour Group lost its grip on the council following the election results last week, resulting in the local authority falling into no overall control. The new political make-up consists of 21 Conservatives, 18 Labour, and three Liberal Democrats.

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The Slough Lib Dems believe responsibilities in the joint administration should be shared out between the three parties to reflect the proportion of councillors belonging to each political group.

They also suggest a cooperation agreement that would include a number of ‘consensus-building measures’, such as jointly producing a new list of council assets for potential sale and revising proposals on cuts, like the number of children’s centres.

Slough Lib Dem chairman Matthew Taylor said the meeting is a “good starting point” but will reconsider their options if negotiations don’t go well.

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He said: “At present, our plan is to try and encourage a joint working initiative with all parties because of the severity of the financial situation. If at some point this is rejected by one or both parties, we will then review our options and decide the next steps.”

Cllr Smith said he will await on what the groups propose until he decides.