Following the election results of May 3rd, Derby's Labour Group have issued the following statement.
The Derby Labour Group is firmly of the view that the priority and responsibility given by the people of Derby at this time is to work together to put in place an administration capable of delivering in Derby’s best interests.
We do not believe that minority administration is desirable, whether it be led by Labour or the Conservatives. A preferred option would be for a formal coalition to ensure whoever is controlling the council is capable of delivering its priorities.
The Derby Labour group is firmly of the view that the priority and responsibility given by the people of Derby at this time is to work together to put in place an administration capable of delivering in Derby’s best interests.
To that end, we have held constructive talks with the other groups in the hope that agreement can be reached. It is our hope that these talks will continue to see joint working with the other groups, or indeed all groups to form a rainbow coalition.
For any of the three largest groups to either cling to or grab power by minority administration is not in our city’s best interests. We would sooner set aside our political interests and work cohesively together than take that route.
In the event that the other three groups decide to work together without us, then the people of Derby have our word that we will be an effective opposition by providing challenge and holding decision makers to account.