Comment on Dugdale Suspending Labour Councillors

Ross Thomson and Grace O’Keeffe have called on their Labour counterparts Callum O’Dwyer (Aberdeen South) and Orr Vinegold (Aberdeen North) to either back the Scottish party leader or the city group leader Jenny Laing.

 

Labour has been plunged into “civil war”, it has been reported today, after the decision to suspend all nine councillors in the Granite City for agreeing a coalition deal with the Scottish Conservatives to run the local authority.

 

Over the last five years, the previous Labour-Conservative-Independent administration delivered the £250million Aberdeen City Region Deal, a £300m exhibition and conference centre, a £22m bridge over the River Don and raised £370million for local infrastructure investment after an innovative bond issue on the UK Stock Exchange.

 

Mr Thomson, who was vice-convener of finance in the last local authority coalition, said Labour’s Westminster candidates must be clear with the public which side they are on.

 

The Aberdeen South candidate for the Scottish Conservatives said: “Labour has been plunged into civil war after Kezia Dugdale’s reckless decision to suspend all nine councillors in Aberdeen.

 

“The local group were doing the right thing for the city to provide stability after what has been a difficult

time for the local economy.

 

“Now the party’s candidates for Westminster must say if they support the Scottish leader and agree with the suspensions, or if they back the city council group’s decision to defy the SEC. They cannot sit on the fence on this issue.”

 

Ms O’Keeffe, the Aberdeen North candidate for the Scottish Conservatives, added: “People in Aberdeen will wonder why they should vote Labour after this debacle.

 

“It is clear the party is badly divided, and in complete chaos from top to bottom.

 

“Only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to challenge the SNP at this election and say no to a second independence referendum.”