Monday, 26 November 2012

Aberdeenshire Coalition Teetering on Collapse

It has been reported that Fraserburgh and District Independent Cllr Ian Tait has resigned from the ruling coalition on Aberdeenshire Council, leaving control hung in the balance between 34 coalition councillors and 34 opposition councillors.  The coalition will now have to rely on their casting vote to pass motions through full council, leaving no room for absence or dissent.  A futher defection could potentially lead to change in administration, with an SNP-led coalition or minority administration being the most obvious alternative.

The SNP won the most seats on the Council in May, but were blocked from power by a deal between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats with the support of some Independents.  As well as the SNP, the opposition comprises two Labour, one Green, and some more Independent councillors.  Fraserburgh and District ward itself elected two SNP councillors and two Independents - an Independent gain from SNP on the 2007 result.

Tait, who himself was once an SNP councillor, appears to have resigned from the ruling bloc after Fraserburgh was overlooked for additional council investment as part of the council's "Strategic Growth Area".

Aberdeenshire Council
Administration
Opposition
Conservative
14
-
SNP
28
-
Lib Dems
12
-
Independents
3
+1
Independents
8
-1
Labour
2
-
Green
1
-
Total
34
-1
Total
34
+1

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