Independent councillor for the villages Bob Grove has joined forces with Thanet council’s UKIP members – bringing the party level with the Thanet Independent Councillors group.
The make up of Thanet council is now Conservative 21, UKIP and Independent 14, Thanet Independent Councillors 14, Labour 6 and Independent 1.
The coalition means both TIC and UKIP and Independent are eligible to create a shadow Cabinet as the largest opposition at the authority.
The ‘tie’ could mean both parties sharing shadow Cabinet posts.
Those roles will not be decided until the full council meeting on April 12.
The Conservative Party currently has minority control of the council, meaning they will need backing from other groups to pass policy.
Council leader Bob Bayford was voted into the top spot but councillors on March 8 following the resignation of UKIP leader Chris Wells.