The 'rose of the Shires', in the East Midlands and in easy reach of both Birmingham and London. The county council hit severe financial difficulties in early 2018 over the capital cost of its new headquarters.
Heather Smith (Oundle) moved from Conservative to Independent in August 2018, as did Jim Hakewill (Rothwell and Mawsley) in July 2018. The Secretary of State has appoint Commissioners to take over governance of the council.
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