A leading Labour politician in Aberdeen has said he backs the power sharing agreement at the city council.
North-east MSP Lewis Macdonald wrote to the Constitutional Working Group of Labour’s Scottish Executive Committee (SEC) to say he agreed with the power sharing deal signed between the now suspended nine councillors, the Conservative group and the Independent group.
According to the document Jenny Laing, co-leader of the Council, met the Local Campaign Forums (LCF), which aims to get Labour councillors elected, and “unanimously agreed with the power sharing proposal (as did Lewis Macdonald MSP)”.
On May 19, the MSP told the Evening Express the coalition was a matter “for councillors to comment on” but that then Labour leader Kezia Dugdale was “right to follow the rules of the party” when suspending the nine.
However, speaking yesterday, Mr Macdonald said: “I wrote to the Constitutional Working Group in May in support of the power sharing agreement at the council. I supported it as the deal is designed to deliver Labour policies.”
At the weekend, members of the SEC agreed to delay making a decision on the suspension of the councillors until after the city council budget in February.
On the suspension, Mr Macdonald, whose wife Sandra is among those suspended, said: “I think it should be resolved as soon as possible and the sooner it is resolved the better for the people of Aberdeen.”