SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has slammed Falkirk Council’s Labour and Tory chiefs for blocking full SNP representation entitlement on COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
The Labour / Tory administration will take three of the four delegates positions. Advice from council officials regarding the split in delegate places to the influential COSLA body was that the four delegates from Falkirk Council should be split 2 Labour / 2 SNP. However, the second SNP position was given to the Tories proving that Labour and the Tories are working hand in hand to a national agenda as well as a local one.
Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, said:
“This was a sad week for democracy in Falkirk district. Labour’s shocking abuse of power in Falkirk has been laid bare for disgruntled residents to see.
“The role of COSLA is to represent the voice of Scottish local government. But Labour and their Tory cohorts in Falkirk are clearly plotting to stop this from happening.
“The SNP had the largest share of the vote in Falkirk district at the recent local elections. People living in our communities – who voted for the SNP – deserve for their voices to be heard.
“Voters spoke but Labour hasn’t listened. That is extremely disappointing and is not progressive or democratic.
“It has hardly been a great start for local government – with Labour/Tory pay rises in Aberdeen and Labour’s anti-democratic practices and dodgy deals in Falkirk and throughout the Central belt. I’m sure this isn’t quite what people had in mind when they cast their votes in the council elections.”