A statement heralding an apparent end to the long-running power games at Argyll and Bute Council was issued on Thursday - though oddly, it wasn’t released until there were no members of the public around to see it.
The statement, signed by the leaders of the council’s SNP group and the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance, was handed out right at the end of a full council meeting on Thursday - after the press and public had been excluded for the discussion of a series of confidential matters.
We understand the members of the Alliance had wanted to release the statement at the start of Thursday’s meeting, when the press and public were present, but the SNP group wanted to wait until all the day’s other business had been dealt with.
The statement reads, in full, as follows:
“The Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance and the Argyll and Bute SNP council group have agreed in principle to working in partnership and to the formation of a new council administration.
“The detail of our shared priorities, policies and objectives and how we will work together will form the basis of a signed agreement which will be developed in unison.
“With political stability as our key objective, this new partnership will work inclusively and focus, as have previous administrations through the years, on the delivery of good quality services for the people and communities of Argyll and Bute not only in the short term, but throughout the current term of the council.
“Pending the conclusion of the work of a short life working group which is charged with a review of the current political management arrangements and structures of the council, the partnership will appoint an administration based upon the current model.”
The statement is signed by Cllr Sandy Taylor, the leader of the Argyll and Bute SNP council group, and Cllr Duncan MacIntyre, the leader of the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance.
We also understand the detail of the new administration could be finalised within a week.