SNP quit as East Dunbartonshire council administration

  • Kristy Ellis
The SNP group has dramatically resigned as the administration for East Dunbartonshire council.

A special meeting will be scheduled for January 2018.

The Scottish Conservatives and Lib Dems are suggesting that the Scottish Nationalists have “run away” rather than implement cuts in the council budget next year. The SNP group have been accused of “political cowardice”.

Lib Dem leader Vaughan Moody said: “In 40 years, I have never seen an administration simply quit rather than be voted out of office".

The SNP administration resigned when the Tories and Lib Dems, who each have six councillors, voted down their plans for the council’s voluntary severance arrangements. The SNP councillors had wanted to overturn a decision made last month which would have impacted on deals available to staff.

Former council leader Gordon Low said in a letter to council chief executive Gerry Cornes:

With a majority of 12 out of 22 councillors, the two main opposition groups have always had it in their own hands to choose how to exercise that majority.

“Unfortunately, while not prepared to take on the responsibility of administration in May, they have nonetheless chosen to work hand in glove acting as a coalition in all but name to obstruct the work of the council and impose their own agenda.
Lib Dem leader Vaughan Moody said:

In 40 years, I have never seen an administration simply quit rather than be voted out of office.

"They have just walked out when the going was about to get tough, with their Holyrood masters in the Scottish Government yet again having given East Dunbartonshire a Scrooge-like budget settlement which could lead to cuts of up to £20million.

“The SNP’s grandstanding on the issue of redundancy packages is simply political posturing.

“East Dunbartonshire currently offers the best packages in Scotland but that is unsustainable and the plans voted through by a majority of the council simply brings it down to around the average.
It is understood that Scottish Conservative group leader Andrew Polson will put himself forward for the council leader position.

Andrew Polson said:

With four days to go to Christmas, the SNP left East Dunbartonshire residents in absolute chaos by running away.

“We believe they have stood down because they are incapable of taking the necessary decisions, especially with the budget coming up.

“We will be stepping up to the plate and would be prepared to work with anyone in the interests of the people of East Dunbartonshire.

“As leader of the Conservative group I would be willing to become leader of the council.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.