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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:08 UK time, Thursday, 15 May 2008

BBC Wales political correspondent Guto Thomas takes a closer look at who is running our County Halls and Guildhalls as the dust has started to settle following the local elections two weeks ago.

Under the headline, Independents rule Welsh councils, he explains more than a third of all Welsh local authorities will be led by independent councillors over the next four years.

Going one stage further, this means that they'll be playing their part on 15 out of 22 councils cabinet or boards - the top table of council committee groups.

We're still waiting to hear the political make-up of those cabinets on Wrexham and Denbighshire councils, whereas blogger Plaid Cymru Wrexham points out the situation regarding Flintshire:

The Labour opposition with 22 councillors get no Executive Board seats... Seems that Flintshire, like Carmarthenshire have a serious democratic deficit in their system of governance where parties with large numbers of councillors do not get any seats on Executive Boards.

But, according to the Daily Post, the main issue was more about the Labour group refusing to accept the nomination for council leader.

Meanwhile, Wrexham's intentions for its executive board can be gleaned from the council website:

The Executive Board will consist of 10 Members, comprising the Council Leader and 9 other Councillors appointed annually to the Executive Board on a politically balanced basis by the Council, to reflect the provisions contained in the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Watch this space...

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