Post by East Anglian Lefty on Apr 2, 2014 9:49:38 GMT
Essentially, yes. I don't know why Cambridgeshire UKIP were so keen, but they were probably the major driving force behind the change. For Labour and the Lib Dems, supporting the change makes sense because they will ordinarily be in the minority, and moreover concentrated in parts of the county which might otherwise be neglected by a Conservative majority with few councillors from those areas.
Though they haven't reverted yet - this year has been set aside to make the arrangements for that, with the change happening in May. That's also advantageous for UKIP because they have a lot of councillors with limited previous experience who would not have been able to make an impression on day 1. That probably also applies to Labour, to a lesser extent.
Thanks. Fits in with the UKIP agenda for power to be spread out I suppose. If/when the Conservatives take control again (they're, what, three seats short now), have they said they'll just reintroduce the cabinet model?