Could sus­pen­sion of nine coun­cil­lors be re­versed?

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The first an­niver­sary of the ad­min­is­tra­tion in Aberdeen also marks a year since the nine Labour coun­cil­lors were sus­pended from the party by then-leader Kezia Dugdale.

Ms Dugdale warned against the group mak­ing a deal with the Con­ser­va­tives and in­sisted they would face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

A late-night meet­ing of the Labour Scot­tish Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (SEC) had de­cided to is­sue the warn­ing ahead of a crunch full coun­cil meet­ing to con­firm the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Aberdeen Labour group ploughed on and joined a pow­er­shar­ing pact with the Tories lead­ing to their sus­pen­sion.

But the Scot­tish Labour line has soft­ened since the ar­rival of new leader Richard Leonard who has pub­licly stated that some of the group are “friends”.

The SEC has con­firmed their sus­pen­sion is “un­der re­view” with the group given the chance to pass an “anti-aus­ter­ity” bud­get in Fe­bru­ary. Sources have in­di­cated the SEC will look again at the is­sue next month.

SNP group leader Stephen Flynn said: “This has been a run­ning sore for Labour – and now it’s be­come a com­plete em­bar­rass­ment.

“Our to­tal fo­cus is on the needs of the ci­ti­zens of Aberdeen”

“Aber­do­nians should be granted an op­por­tu­nity to elect can­di­dates who will stand by the val­ues on which they were elected.”

Aberdeen Labour leader Jenny Laing said: “Our to­tal fo­cus is on the needs and as­pi­ra­tions of the ci­ti­zens of Aberdeen and mov­ing our city for­ward while Coun­cil­lor Flynn and his SNP col­leagues are only fo­cused on party po­lit­i­cal sta­tus.”

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