In 2012 the Upper Braes Ward was the deciding result with Labour taking 2 of the 3 seats in a tightly contested campaign. This left Labour as the biggest party with 14 seats to the SNP’s 13.
The SNP were hotly tipped to reverse the 2012 result and take out Labour’s second candidate and with Labour looking as though they will be the main victims of the cut in the number of Councillors from 32 to 30.
A leaked minute from the Labour Party confirms the low moral within the Labour camp that has led the news Labour are to field only one candidate for the ward despite holding two of the existing seats.
However, the SNP believe that Labour have stood aside to support the Tory candidate for the Upper Braes, James Kerr, as the best prospect of defeating the SNP who remain way ahead in the polls using the Single Transferable Vote system of election.
The SNP point to the fact that Mr Kerr was until very recently a member of the Labour Party and has questioned just how deep the relationship between Labour and the Conservatives really goes.
SNP Group Leader, Cecil Meiklejohn, said,
“The leaked document demonstrates the fact Labour has thrown in the towel in terms of winning the election in their own right and are now seeking Trojan Horse entry to the council via the Tory Party.”
“That means Labour voters, many of whom have had their benefits cut, or faced pay freezes are being asked to vote for the party responsible for pushing tens of thousands of our most vulnerable people into poverty.”
“The people of the Upper Braes have a right to know whether there has been collusion between these two parties in order to misuse the Single Transferable Vote system of election”
“Both party’s bosses may congratulate themselves on devising a wizard wheeze they think may slow the SNP down but the good people of the Braes are no mugs and I suspect will see through this further demonstration of the merging of Labour and Tory parties into one common ethos and one common purpose, to prevent much needed change”