AN announcement on who could form the new ruling group at Oxfordshire County Council is due soon.

When the results of the local election were counted last Sunday, no one party had won enough seats to form a governing majority.

But since then, coalition talks have taken place between the Liberal Democrats, the Greens, Labour and the Conservatives.

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The Lib Dems and Greens plan to form one group, which could give them 24 seats on the council together.

However, 32 seats are needed for a true majority, so either the Conservatives or Labour would need to join them.

At the same time, the leader of the Conservatives, Eddie Reeves, has suggested Labour could join his party in a 50/50 power sharing coalition.

The Conservatives have 22 seats currently, and Labour 15.

It is understood that an outcome of coalition talks between Labour, the Lib Dems and Greens is likely tonight or early tomorrow morning, though no indication has been given of whether these three parties will join a coalition together yet.

If they did, the combined group would have a majority of 39 seats.

In Milton Keynes and Cambridgeshire, the Lib Dems and Labour have formed coalition councils in the aftermath of the elections.

The various political parties elected their group leaders over the last week, with Liz Leffman announced as the new leader of the Lib Dems.

If they were to lead a coalition, Mrs Leffman could be the new leader of the council, though this is far from certain yet.

Oxfordshire County Council’s first full meeting is due to take place tomorrow morning at Banbury’s Spiceball Leisure Centre.

If a coalition is agreed by then, a new ruling group will elect the council leader and cabinet.