Falkirk Council Labour leader, Cllr Craig Martin, had to rely on the support of Tory Councillor John Patrick, at the council’s Policy and Resources Committee after one of the Labour Councillors, Rosemary Murray sided with the SNP who had called for a review of the council’s housing allocations policy.
SNP Group Leader Cecil Meiklejohn, who moved the SNP amendment welcomed the support of Cllr Murray and said this was proof of widespread dissatisfaction within the council in aspects of the allocation system.
Said Cllr Meiklejohn,
“What the SNP amendment said, was that the Housing Allocations policy could be improved and was due for a review.
It was a constructive and reasonable request and I am delighted that Cllr Murray recognised that and had the courage to vote with her conscience. It is a pity that she is the only free thinker within the administration.
Talk to members of all political persuasions privately and they tell me they are unhappy with the allocations system yet the bulk of the administration including the two Tories and Billy Buchanan, are prepared to vote down the only opportunity to review and amend the allocation policy and that is a real shame.”
The vote at the Policy & Resources Committee was tied at 4 – 4 with Craig Martin then using his casting vote to defeat his own vice convenor Cllr Murray, in what turned into a comic book farce.
The matter will now be carried forward to the full meeting of Falkirk Council that takes place on 26th September, when all eyes will be on the Labour benches to see if Rosie Murray is whipped back into line or whether she continuse to vote with her conscience.”