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Tories, Greens and Lib Dems form unlikely alliance on London Assembly


The Conservatives now dominate City Hall’s committees – which hold Sadiq Khan to account – after an extraordinary deal was done with the Greens and Lib Dems. Two Tories have also been elected to the major leadership posts on the London Assembly.

The three political parties said they tried to secure a four party agreement for chairing committees based around the proportion of seats each group has on the London Assembly.

Their plan would have allowed Labour to chair five committees, the Conservatives four, Greens one and the Lib Dems one in the first year of this administration.

The three parties claim that Labour decided to walk away from any agreement and refused to chair any committees.

However, Labour blasted the Greens and Lib Dems for “getting into bed with the Tories” and accused them of forming a “coalition” and “betraying their progressive values”.

It means that despite being the largest party in City Hall – with 11 members – Labour will not be taking up any chair and deputy chair positions.

In last week’s election, the Conservatives won nine seats, the Greens three and the Liberal Democrats two. It means no one party commands a majority on the Assembly.

Labour lost one of its 12 seats in last Thursday’s elections but crucially retains a “blocking minority” of more than a third to prevent Mr Khan’s annual budget being overturned.

A photograph showed a jubilant Green leader Caroline Russell and Tory leader Susan Hall celebrating their deal with the Lib Dems.

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