Aberdeen Labour councillors suspended for doing deal with Tories

Leader of the council Jenny Laing has been suspended from the Scottish Labour party

Scottish Labour has suspended all nine members of the Labour council group in Aberdeen for “breaching party rules” after they formed a coalition with the Conservatives.

The Scottish Executive Committee of the Scottish Labour Party made the decision last night to rejected a proposed power-sharing deal in Aberdeen with the Conservatives and Independent councillors.

But Labour councillors still went ahead and joined an administration with the Conservatives today.

All Labour councillors in Aberdeen were today requested to stand down from the multi-party arrangement by 5pm.

The deadline has passed and the party has contacted each councillor to inform them they have been suspended from the Scottish Labour Party with immediate effect, pending investigation.

There are currently no councillors in office in Aberdeen representing the Labour party.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said Labour values must always run through any deals in local government.

She added: “The hundreds of thousands of Scots who vote for us have the absolute right to expect us to defend local services against cuts and properly fund the services that so many people rely on such as education and care for the elderly.

“Labour cannot do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities.

“Tory austerity risks hurting so many families in Aberdeen, and the Labour Party simply cannot stand for that.”