Bute councillor ‘won’t be resigning’ over SNP vote

Bute SNP councillor Robert Macintyre says he has no intention of resigning from the party after aligning himself with a new coalition grouping on Argyll and Bute Council - despite his SNP colleagues voting the other way.
Bute SNP councillor Robert Macintyre says he has no intention of resigning from the party after aligning himself with a new coalition grouping on Argyll and Bute Council - despite his SNP colleagues voting the other way.

Bute councillor Robert Macintyre says he has no intention of resigning from the SNP after his party colleagues on Argyll and Bute Council voted not to be part of a new coalition group.

Councillor Macintyre, along with SNP Cowal councillor Gordon Blair, announced last week that they had aligned themselves with the new ‘Argyll and Bute for Change’ group, which is dominated by members of the authority’s Alliance of Independent Councillors.

But the rest of the SNP group did not follow suit, and at a meeting in Inveraray on Monday night – at which Cllr Macintyre was not present - those other SNP councillors voted to remain outwith the new grouping.

Councillor Macintyre told The Buteman: “Gordon Blair and I both think it’s totally wrong not to take the opportunity to have a meaningful say in what goes on in the council.

“By voting not to be part of the new group the rest of the SNP councillors are shutting themselves away from the decision-making process and are leaving themselves facing four long years in opposition.”

SNP rules state that any coalition with other political groupings must first be approved by the party’s national executive, but Cllr Macintyre said he was still unsure of the long-term implications of his decision to align himself with the Argyll and Bute for Change group.

“At this moment I don’t know where I stand,” he continued.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be expelled, but I haven’t resigned and I have no intention of resigning.”

Bute’s other SNP councillor, Isobel Strong, is not taking an active part in local politics at present as she recovers from major surgery.