Southampton Conservative Councillors have formed their administration since 1984
Southampton Councillors met formally for the first time yesterday after the local council elections on 3rd May.
At the meeting of Full Council, the Conservatives took political control of Southampton City Council, forming their first administration in 23 years.
Southampton has been in a state of political "no over all control" since 1999 and since then Labour and then the Lib Dems have run minority administrations. Yesterday Conservatives formed a minority administration with 18 councillors. This means that whilst the Conservatives will have more influence than at any point since 1984 and will control all the Executive functions of the Council, the other political parties will be able to gang up and defeat the Conservatives over major policy issues.
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