Aberdeen SNP leader Stephen Flynn has branded the actions of the city council’s new ruling coalition “the worst of the worst”.
Councillor Flynn said he had “always been wary of a unionist coalition” in the city and said the marriage of Labour and the Tories was dominating discussions on doorsteps during campaigning for the Westminster elections in the city.
It comes after the city’s Labour councillors joined forces with the Conservative and independent councillors to form a coalition-despite the SNP winning the most seats.
The SNP councillor said the reputation of the council was “already damaged” before the election.
He added: “Over the last five years we’ve seen so many damaging projects in the city and that drastically impacted upon the reputation of the council.
“The latest shenanigans are the worst of the worst.
“The democratic will of the people of Aberdeen has been ignored.”
Cllr Flynn said protests at the kirking of the council on Sunday made “uncomfortable viewing”.
He added: “That should be a celebration of local government and the fact we’ve all been elected on a platform of standing up for the people of the city and that’s not what that was.”
Cllr Flynn said Labour’s decision to join the coalition would “definitely” impact on the General Election.
And the SNP leader in the city said the issue is dominating discussions on the doorsteps.
He added: “I think all the Labour voters in Aberdeen right now will be wondering why they are still voting Labour.
“We have Labour voters who are confused and indeed Tory voters who are confused.”
Cllr Flynn said other parties were focused “entirely on Scottish independence” and that is why they were not keen to enter into coalition with the nationalists.
He added: “I wanted to lead on the local issues and they didn’t and that is their choice.
“We put forward a very clear local manifesto and the others did not want to discuss that for whatever reason.
“We were willing to go into a minority administration which would have worked for the city and Councillor Jennifer Stewart voted against it.
“We know the Labour party have been rewarded for their allegiance with the Conservatives in this council and we’ve seen Cllr Stewart earn herself a fairly significant position as well.
“These people are all focused on themselves instead of what’s best for Aberdeen.”
Cllr Flynn said the SNP has been a “very strong opposition” for the last five years.
He added:”We have raised many key issues in the city and managed to change the course of the administration’s pathway on more than a couple of occasions.
“We’ll continue to stand up for the people of Aberdeen, for the people who put faith in us and that is our number one duty.”
The SNP councillor said he “did not foresee” a situation where Cllr Jenny Laing would remain as leader of the local authority.
But he added he was “always wary” of a unionist coalition against the SNP.
He said: “I was willing to work with other parties on areas of common interest to achieve positive outcomes for the people of the city and they were unwilling to do that.
“They put the constitution before the people of Aberdeen and of course their own self-interest.”
The SNP had been vocal on not wanting to enter into a coalition with the Conservatives.
He added: “The main reason we didn’t want to go into coalition with the Conservatives is because they are a party driven by self-interest and not looking after everyone in society.
“We want to stand up for everyone and they don’t.
“The fact they don’t have any policies is deeply worrying.
“They’ve yet to, as far as I’m aware, release a policy document along with the Labour party.
“I’m not quite sure how you form a coalition without having shared policies.
“And I think that’s the clearest signal that all this was about was positions, titles and money as opposed to the best policies for Aberdeen.”