Gordon MP Richard Thomson has warned that it is the communities of Aberdeenshire that will be hardest hit by a deal between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to keep the Conservative Party in lead control of Aberdeenshire Council.
The SNP MP was commenting following reports that a deal had been struck which sees the Conservatives retain control of the key leadership positions in Aberdeenshire Council.
Commenting, Gordon MP and former Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Richard Thomson said:
“Given everything that has happened recently where the Conservatives have been front and centre – ranging from parties in Downing Street, to dodgy PPE contracts, to the cost-of-living crisis, to the disgraceful decision to offshore our responsibilities towards asylum seekers to Rwanda – it seems strange that the Liberal Democrats have looked at the options open to them and thought, ‘this is the Party we wish to do business with’. It’s as if they have learned nothing from their time propping-up the Conservatives at Westminster.
“What makes this all the more unfathomable is that there was the option to work in co-operation with the SNP on a progressive agenda which would not only have delivered for the people of Aberdeenshire, but provided some stability after the turbulence of the last five years which saw the Conservatives topple their own Council Leader and lose five councillors in defections and internal fights.
“I really hope we see none of the internal rancour we saw in the last five years from this Administration because with the range of problems looming, not least of which is a cost-of-living crisis which will affect Aberdeenshire hugely, the council will need to focus all its attention on how it supports our communities.”