The first meeting of the newly elected Falkirk Council ended with a Minority SNP Administration (13 members) after Labour rebuffed approaches from the SNP for a power sharing agreement. Instead the 9 Labour Councillors abstained when the SNP and Conservative members went head to head for senior positions. Continue reading
Falkirk Council’s SNP Group Leader, Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn has reacted with disappointment at the rebuff from the council’s Labour Group to a power sharing option proposed by the Nationalists.
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. Continue reading
The SNP are now the largest party within Falkrk Council after Thursday’s local elections, securing 12 seats within the local authority.
Although Labour are in second place with 9 seats they were pushed into 3rd place in votes cast by the Conservative Party who won 7 seats.
There were two Independents elected, Robert Spears in Grangemouth and Billy Buchanan in Bonnybridge. While Robert Spears votes as an Independent, Buchanan has since 2005 always voted with the Labour Group.
SNP Group Leader Cecil Meiklejohn has called for talks on the future of the council and has written to former Provost, Pat Reid on the matter. Continue reading
The SNP’s longest serving Councillor, David Alexander, has accused Falkirk Tories of hiding from the people after the party led by Prime Minister Theresa May failed to turn up to a host of local hustings meetings throughout Falkirk.
The Prime Minister has also refused to debate with other party leaders for the General Election which takes place five weeks after the local elections for which these hustings meetings were organised by various local groups. Continue reading
Women are to the fore in the SNP team for the May 4 poll for Falkirk Council with 8 female candidates from a total of 15 for the 9 wards to be contested under the Single Transferable Votes (STV) system of election.
Some familiar faces will be missing from the ballot papers, Sandy Turner, Stephen Bird, Steven Carleschi, Colin Chalmers, Martin Oliver and Steven Jackson. Continue reading
At Falkirk Council’s Budget Meeting outgoing leader, Craig Martin, could not resist adopting the speech he had regurgitated the previous six years.
It starts with a six month campaign to build up the bleakest position imaginable on the horizon with the big bad SNP Government on the receiving the blame for the impending doom. Then come budget day the Administration leader claims they have performed miracles to preserve jobs and services.
This year Martin listed a whole host of policy u-turns by the administration and spend commitments that he attributed to the ability to raise Council Tax by 3%.
It was pointed out that with the Council Tax Freeze Falkirk Council received an additional £1.8m while the 3% Council Tax rise amounted to an additional £1.7m.
A leaked memo from the Labour Party in the Braes area of Falkirk has delivered a damming synopsis of both Labour’s tactics and prospects ahead of May’s elections to Falkirk Council.
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. Continue reading
Falkirk Council’s SNP Group Leader, Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, has welcomed the announcement of an additional £3.77m to be allocated to the council’s Revenue Budget following the budget deal done between the minority SNP Government and the Green Party.
In addition the council will receive a further boost to it’s capital budget by around three quarters of million additional cash.
Councillor Meiklejohn said, Continue reading
Around 7,000 local women born after 1951 are set to lose on pension entitlement due to a failure of the Westminster Government to notify women of changes to National Insurance regulations for 14 years after the change occurred.
Local women activists helped form the campaign group, WASPI who, working through local MP, John McNally were part of a lobby of the UK parliament. The group have raised the profile of the issue and sought the support of Falkirk Council through a motion moved by SNP Group Leader, Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn. Continue reading
The claim that the Labour Party are opposed to Fracking was exposed as a lie by SNP Councillor, Paul Garner, victor of the 2015 Council by-election in the Denny / Banknock Ward.
Councillor Garner, a long term critic of Fracking, had sought to unite the council behind a motion that called for all groups to make their voices heard during the forthcoming public consultation stage of the evidence based review of the process.
The motion he moved was, Continue reading