The SNP chief had sought talks with the council’s Labour leaders following the local elections that saw the SNP become the largest party with 12 but short of the 15 seats required to take outright control of the council. Labour has 9 members, the Tories 7 and there are two Independent Councillors, one of which, Robert Spears, is likely to back the SNP while the other, Billy Buchanan has aligned himself with the Tories previously.
Councillor Meiklejohn said,
“We recognise that no one has an outright majority and in the interests of democracy and the well-being of the council, our residents and staff we believe there is an expectation on us all to act responsibly.”
“I am disappointed both with the content and tone of the reply from the new Labour Group Leader, Dennis Goldie, who has airbrushed out 10 years of a Labour and Conservative Administration within the council and reacted in a petulant manner to what was a serious offer.”
“The SNP will do the right thing by the people of Falkirk and put forward a new minority administration with the ethos of driving services upwards and ensuring that the most vulnerable are protected.”
“We can only achieve this if other groups put people first and act with a degree of maturity.”
“While we make this pledge, if it becomes obvious that the previous Labour / Tory pact remains in place, all be it on a less formal basis than before, Falkirk will become ungovernable and the SNP would have no alternative but to step aside for the short term good of our citizens.”