The leader of the Liberal Democrats on Northamptonshire County Council has said he believes the people of Northamptonshire want to see a coalition of politicians running the county, similar to that in Westminster.
The political group launched its campaign for this May’s county council elections on Tuesday.
The leader of the group, Councillor Brendan Glynane (Lib Dem, Delapre) said he thought people wanted to see a hung-council following the election, with parties working together to run the county.
He said: “What we should be looking for is a council with no overall control.
“That may be what the county wants, because they certainly want that with the coalition Government.”
The politician said he believed the Liberal Democrats could hold the balance of power following the May election and did not rule out working with either the Conservatives or Labour to lead the council, which is responsible for services such as social care, libraries, schools and roads.
Their campaign for the election however will focus on criticising the Conservative decision to switch off some street lights across the county.
Councillor Glynane said: “Our campaign is all about making people feel safer on their streets.
“Since lights have been switched off the fear of crime has risen. People are not going out jogging for instance.
“And they’re not going out because of who they might meet in the dark streets.”
The councillor said he was confident that where the Liberal Democrats had people “working hard in their area”, they would win seats.
He also dismissed a threat from UKIP, arguing they did not have enough people working on the ground to win seats.