A change to the dates of full council meetings that will help accommodate a new MSP has come under fire from opposition critics.
The administration of Conservative, independent and still suspended Labour councillors tabled a motion to move full council meetings – at which all councillors are present – from Wednesday to Monday.
Conservative councillor Tom Mason was elected to the city council in May but now has a seat at Holyrood too, having taken over from his Tory colleague Ross Thomson who was elected as MP for Aberdeen South, meaning Cllr Mason now has a dual role.
Lib Dem group leader Ian Yuill said: “It’s amazing the administration is suggesting a change to the diary for one individual. We all know that’s the reason.
“This administration has a wafer-thin majority of one but Cllr Mason has chosen to continue being both so he needs to deal with the consequences.”
Councillor Marie Boulton admitted the move would “facilitate” Cllr Mason as Holyrood doesn’t sit on Mondays.
SNP councillor Alex Nicoll said: “This is about facilitating an administration clinging to power by its fingernails.”
He said Cllr Mason should have stood down and prompted an election the SNP was “very confident” of winning.
After the meeting council co-leader Douglas Lumsden said: “This hasn’t just changed for Tom.
“This was a decision by the administration.
“It will allow all members to have two full weekends to go through the papers and gives them a full week to strike up conversation with officers before each meeting.”
Cllr Mason, who did not speak at the meeting, previously said he could handle both roles.