ABERDEENSHIRE Council’s ruling Alliance stands on a knife-edge after two Labour councillors dramatically quit, leaving a majority of two.
And the Evening Express understands that at least two more Alliance councillors are understood to be considering their positions.
The Alliance had been made up of a coalition of 37 councillors, 13 Conservatives, 11 Liberal Democrats, two Labour and 11 Independent councillors.
The opposition was made up of 28 SNP councillors, two Independents and one Green, totalling 31 councillors.
Now, the Scottish Labour group – comprising North Kincardine Cllr Alison Evison and Stonehaven Cllr Raymond Christie – has quit, leaving 35 Alliance members to 33 in opposition.
If two more councillors left the Alliance group it would no longer hold the majority, leading to a hung council.
The Alliance would still be able to run the council but it means the ruling coalition would struggle to pass any of its decisions. And if there was a tied decision at any of the council committee meetings, the convener would be given the casting vote.