Labour join the Alliance

The political alliance formed to run Aberdeenshire Council after the local council

elections last year has been strengthened after the Scottish Labour Group reached

an agreement to join the Alliance.

The two Scottish Labour Councillors elected in May, Alison Evison (North

Kincardine) and Raymond Christie (Stonehaven and Lower Deeside) were the first

from their party to be elected on to the Shire council.

The addition of the two Scottish Labour councillors now gives the Alliance an overall

majority of two on the Council.

At its formation, the Alliance Group included 14 Conservatives, 12 Liberal Democrats

and 9 Independent councillors. However, Independent Councillor lain Tait resigned

from the group in November.

Conservative Councillor and Council Leader Jim Gifford said: “We very much

welcome Alison and Raymond to the Alliance Group. Since the election last year, the

Alliance has worked well together and worked well for the whole of Aberdeenshire.

The strength of the Alliance Group has been our ability to work together

without party politics getting in the way, in the best interests of our constituents. We look forward to that continuing with our new group.”

Liberal Democrat Councillor and Council Deputy Leader Martin Kitts-Hayes added: “I

am delighted that the Scottish Labour Group is joining the Alliance as we approach

our first year in office. It will bring added substance and depth to the Administration. It also confirms the inclusive nature of the Aberdeenshire Alliance. I look forward to Alison and Raymond making a significant contribution to achieving our shared ambition.”

The Co-ordinator of the Independent Councillors Group and Deputy Provost Norman

Smith also said: “The already successful Aberdeenshire Alliance are delighted that

Councillors Alison Evison and Raymond Christie are to join the Alliance.”

Aberdeenshire’s Scottish Labour Group Leader Alison Evison commented: “Our

membership of the Alliance will give it important strength and stability. We are very

pleased to be able to work together in a spirit of mutual trust and respect to ensure

that Aberdeenshire delivers the best possible services.”