Labour came into this coalition two years ago in good faith. The Conservative-led administration had let our residents down and we recognised that there would be issues that we would need to work through together as a coalition.

We have felt for some time that the Liberal Democrats do not appreciate the scale of the challenges facing our Council at a time of national difficulty. At present, we face significant problems concerning SEND in Oxfordshire that require us to work as a team and take collective responsibility as a Council and a wider system. We’re proud to have secured extra funding for SEND and fought to save transport services for SEND families when they were under threat. We recognise there is still more to do. Unfortunately, the Liberal Democrats have shown that they aren’t interested in working together and instead simply want to score points and pass blame.

We therefore have no option but to leave the coalition. We’ll continue to support and fight for Oxfordshire residents from opposition.

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