The results we have seen today in Cherwell are clearly disappointing. We have lost our majority, although we remain the largest party. We now need to reflect on why this has happened. I am grateful to our Conservative candidates, as well as all those who have campaigned tirelessly over the past few weeks, including our dedicated and hard-working Agent.
Conservative-led Cherwell has been a well-run and effective local authority, with consistently low council tax. By contrast, we have seen the chaos which has come from County Hall under the so-called Fair Deal Alliance. We have all felt the impact of this in North Oxfordshire, from the state of our roads to the shambles of the Spare Seats scheme and inadequate support for children with special educational needs.
Whatever the new administration looks like in Cherwell, I will continue to work with them closely and hold them to account on behalf of my constituents.