An online petition was to be launched today to end the suspension of Aberdeen councillors from their party.
The nine Aberdeen councillors were suspended from Scottish Labour after they made an unauthorised deal with the Conservatives last May following the council elections.
Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour leader at the time, suspended the councillors after they took control of Aberdeen City Council by forming an alliance with the Conservatives and Independents.
Professor Hugh Pennington has launched the online petition on behalf of the councillors.
The Scottish Executive Committee of the Labour Party decided against ending the suspension when it met recently, and the national executive may decide to expel the nine from the party.
The petition calls on Labour’s national executive committee to end the suspension of the “Aberdeen Nine”, and to restore their full rights as Labour Party members without delay.
Prof Pennington said: “The best people to make local political judgments are local political leaders, and the people of Aberdeen are well-served by our local Labour councillors.
“Given the failure of the Scottish Executive Committee in Glasgow to resolve issues about Labour’s local leadership in Aberdeen which have never been explained, it falls to the national executive committee to put things right.
“My purpose is to give a voice to all those Labour members and supporters who agree, and who want to support the Aberdeen Nine.”
Prof Pennington was set to be joined by senior Labour members from the past and present at the launch of the petition today.
These include Dame Anne Begg who was Aber-deen South MP from 1997 to 2015, former Lord Provost George Adam and Lewis Macdonald the Labour MSP for the north-east.
Labour’s national Executive Committee could make a decision on the councillors’ fate when it next meets on July 3.