There were gasps of astonishment when Labour unveiled their membership and individual roles in their new Executive Committee dubbed the Polit Bureau due to the political imbalance.
Traditionally the Leader of the Council was the authority’s spokesperson on Resources but Labour have appointed Tory, Malcolm Nicol as Falkirk Councils spokesperson on finance in their shake up of the council’s decision making structures.
Despite winning only 2 seats last year the Tories have secured a Depute Provost post and now hold the prime portfolio within the all powerful Executive Committee.
The full job description of Cllr Nicol’s new responsibilities are;
To exercise strategic and political leadership in the following areas,
Oversee the Council’s arrangements for the proper administration of it’s financial affairs
- Information, security and governance
- Corporate risk management
Nicol’s appointment was described as “a betrayal by Labour of all the Falkirk victims of the Tory Bedroom Tax and wider Welfare cuts” by Falkirk North SNP Councillor, David Alexander who unleashed a withering broadside on a increasingly disjointed Labour leadership.
Councillor Alexander went on to say,
“The Sunday Herald recently described New Labour in Falkirk to be in meltdown.
If Labour are prepared to allow a member of the Tory Party to become the council spokesperson for finance what else are they prepared to sell out to the Tories on?
Decisions such as this will speed up the demise of Labour in Falkirk as a force as it becomes obvious that the alliance between Labour and the Tories is now more like a merger of two parties with shared values, objectives and policies.””
No Labour member was prepared to debate this matter with Councillor Alexander.