Aberdeenshire Council’s new administration, which is comprised of 14 Conservative, 12 Liberal Democrat and 9 Independent councillors, has been met with backlash from the SNP.
The SNP, with 41% of Aberdeenshire’s councillors, will now only have 20% (one seat) of Aberdeenshire’s CoSLA places.
SNP Group Leader and Leader of the Opposition Councillor Joanna Strathdee said: “With more than double the number of seats as the next nearest party, the SNP had a clear mandate from the voters to lead the new administration on Aberdeenshire Council.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a repeat of what appears to be happening the length and breadth of the country with Tory, Liberal and Labour coalitions being formed to stop the SNP. It’s disappointing for the people who put their trust in us based on our manifesto pledges, but we will still try to get as much of our programme implemented as possible.
“At the end of the day, the SNP in Aberdeenshire will support good ideas which make life better for our citizens regardless of which party proposes them, and I hope the other parties will view our suggestions in the same light.”
Councillor Strathdee added that the move was “anti-democratic” and that it “beggars belief,” being “nothing short of a power-grab by the Tory-led coalition.”