The Conservative co-leader of Aberdeen City Council has said it is “absurd” to claim Labour dominates the coalition administration.
The report covers discussions between the General Secretary of the Scottish Executive Committee of the Labour Party Brian Roy and each suspended Labour councillor.
Councillors Yvonne Allan, Barney Crockett, Lesley Dunbar, Sarah Duncan, Gordon Graham, Ross Grant, Jenny Laing, Sandra Macdonald and Tauqeer Malik were all suspended by the party shortly after the local elections.
In one of the interviews, Lord Provost Barney Crockett is said to have claimed “Jenny (Laing) is de-facto leader and the Tories more or less go along with what she says”, and that “so far the Tories are playing ball and supporting left-wing policies”.
Cllr Lumsden today said: “Scottish Labour clearly has a major internal problem to address, and it would be inappropriate for us to comment on that.
“However, the suggestion that the city administration is dominated by Labour and implementing left wing policies is absurd.
“One of the first things that happened after the election was the implementation of a multi-million pound package of business rates relief, which was a red line issue and top priority for the Scottish Conservatives during talks to form a coalition.
“Our strong team of Scottish Conservative councillors will continue to work with our administration partners in the best interests of the people of Aberdeen.”
In responding to the documents, Cllr Stephen Flynn, leader of the SNP group, said the Tories were “lapdogs” to Labour.
Cllr Lumsden added: “We are certainly not lapdogs. It is a partnership of groups working together. It goes back to the context where Barney said those comments in an interview process where they are trying desperately to get back into their party.
“As a group we had a meeting about it and we felt that if it was us in that situation we would do exactly the same.”
Calls have come for the Tories to step away from the agreement struck with the exiled Labour councillors, however Cllr Lumsden said that would not be the case.
“Me and Jenny had a laugh about it and we move on,” added Cllr Lumsden.
“I would expect them to try to promote their stance and to limit our influence.”
Asked if the Aberdeen public would be laughing about the situation, he added: “It’s back to the context it was made, it was interviews to try to get back into the party.
“We aren’t ignoring the documents, this was in a private meeting between Labour and their Scottish executive.
“For me the biggest issue is that (Scottish Labour leader) Richard Leonard has put a new team together and they have leaks already.
“For me that’s the biggest story in this.”
In the coalition deal reached in May it was agreed that all Labour policies would be implemented.
However, Cllr Lumsden said the Tories have managed to get across some of their own policies in the six months since the deal was struck.
“Things like the business rates was a policy of ours that we got across straight away. Obviously, when we put the coalition together it was us, Labour and also the Independent group who put the policy document together, so that was definitely not just Labour’s policies.
“We were feeding into that policy document as well.”
Cllr Lumsden did agree the Conservative group was inexperienced at the start, however after six months in position he believes they are now “up to speed” and are contributing fully to the administration.
On claims from Councillor Sandra Macdonald that the Tories will have to be “monitored”, he said: “I don’t feel we are being monitored, I really do feel that it is three groups working together for the good of the city.
“There is certainly no power grab from anyone, it is just getting on with the job.”