Opposition parties today called on the Conservatives to look again at the coalition deal, saying they had been treated as Labour’s “lapdogs”.
The SNP and Lib Dems have been left shocked at the documents which reveal what the councillors think of the relationship with the Tories.
Stephen Flynn, leader of the SNP group, said: “Some of these comments are a variety of deluded and disrespectful.
“I can’t imagine the friendly nature of the administration will survive Aberdeen Labour effectively describing their partners as lapdogs and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the Tories try to flex their muscles after reading this.
“The continued comments about delivering a Labour manifesto are laughable.
“By the time we got the administration’s business statement in August, Labour’s policies were so watered down that their councillors could be accused of peddling homeopathy.
“It is astounding that the now-Lord Provost believes that they can ‘get the narrative back to Labour v the Tories‘ by getting into bed with the Tories.
“The plan to make him and Cllr Laing the face of good news falls apart with the lack of good news we’ve had in recent months – all that we have seen since May that has Labour’s mark on it has been more overspends and delays on major projects.
“I am sure that the suspended Labour councillors feel they have secured a great deal for themselves but certainly not for most in this city nor their party.”
Meanwhile, Lib Dem group leader Ian Yuill said: “These comments from the suspended Labour councillors must make very difficult reading for their Conservative partners. It is clear the Labour councillors hold the Conservative councillors and their abilities in complete contempt.
“The Conservative councillors in Aberdeen must surely now be asking themselves just what sort of relationship they have got themselves into with Labour – and how they can possibly trust or work with their so-called Labour partners in the future.”