GREENS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY IN RUNNING OF COUNCIL

Midlothian Green Party has called for full public disclosure of the agreement between Labour and the Conservatives, following revelations that the parties have struck a deal to run Midlothian Council […]

Midlothian Green Party has called for full public disclosure of the agreement between Labour and the Conservatives, following revelations that the parties have struck a deal to run Midlothian Council together. 

In the Council elections on May 4th, Labour won 7 seats, the SNP 6 and the Tories 5. The numbers required at least two of the parties to work together to have a majority.

Malcolm Spaven, Co-Convenor of Midlothian Green Party, said

“Labour’s back room deal with the Tories is truly astonishing. These parties have been implacable foes for more than a century – and nowhere more so than in this county. Many Labour members will now be tearing up their membership cards at the prospect of co-operating with the Tories, who achieved their electoral success last month by deluding the voters with the claim that “every vote for your Conservative candidate will be a vote against a second referendum” and offering no local policies whatsoever.

“At the count, the only policy referred to by any of the five successful Tory candidates was the introduction of “market-based ideas” – in other words, privatisation – a policy which Labour has prided itself in opposing for many decades. So it’s inconceivable that a Tory-Labour backroom stitch-up can provide a sound and stable basis for running Midlothian Council.”

Former Green councillor for Bonnyrigg Ian Baxter said:

“The electorate of Midlothian deserves to know just what Labour and the Tories have agreed. No-one who voted Labour voted for an alliance with the Tories, and similarly Tory voters didn’t vote for a pact with Labour.

“The agreements should be published immediately. We must also know what additional payments are being made to Tory councillors even though they are not the official opposition. Keeping voters in the dark about how the Council is being run is undemocratic and unsustainable.”