Are we going to see a fundamental change in how Powys County Council is run? At present it's run by an Executive Board, which is made up of all parties. The 15 seats are divvied out on the basis of number of Council seats won. At present the largest group, the Powys Independent Group (or Alliance) decide that one of theirs, Michael Jones serves as Chairman of the Board. But rumours are rife that some of the other councillors have had enough of this.
In particular, I'm told that the Liberal Democrat Councillors, who have 15 seats in total (only 2 in Montgomeryshire) are trying to do a deal with ...well anyone. Had a chat today with a leading Councillor (not Conservative I should add) about how these discussions could end up. I'm told that what are described as 'hush-hush' telephone calls are taking place as I type. I'll post again when the Conservative Group have discussed their response - as long as they're happy for me to tell you that is.
Personally, I would welcome a change from the current Executive Board system, which I've always thought is utterly ridiculous - inevitably leading to officers, rather than Councillors effectively taking all the decisions. I would prefer there to be an official 'ruling' group and an official 'opposition' group. It would provide an injection of accountability. It wouldn't surprise me if the officers would prefer this arrangement.