New partners for Alliance

The Aberdeenshire Alliance which was formed to run Aberdeenshire Council after last year’s local elections has welcomed new coalition partners.

Two Scottish Labour councillors, who were elected May 2012, have reached an agreement to join the Alliance.

Councillors Alison Evison (North Kincardine) and Raymond Christie (Stonehaven and Lower Deeside) were the first from their party to be elected to Aberdeenshire Council. The addition of the two Scottish Labour councillors now gives the Alliance an overall majority of two on the Council.

At its formation, the Alliance Group included 14 Conservatives, 12 Liberal Democrats and 9 Independent councillors. However, Fraserburgh Councillor Iain Tait resigned from the group in November.

Conservative Councillor and Council Leader Jim Gifford said: “We very much welcome Alison and Raymond to the Alliance Group. Since the election last year, the Alliance has worked well together and worked well for the whole of Aberdeenshire.

“The strength of the Alliance Group has been our ability to work together without party politics getting in the way, in the best interests of our constituents. We look forward to that continuing with our new group.”

Martin Kitts-Hayes, who is Deputy Leader of the Council, added: “I am delighted that the Scottish Labour Group is joining the Alliance as we approach our first year in office. It will bring added substance and depth to the Administration. It also confirms the inclusive nature of the Aberdeenshire Alliance. I look forward to

Alison and Raymond making a significant contribution to achieving our shared ambition.”