New coalition takes control in Argyll and Bute

The power games at the top of Argyll and Bute Council look to have taken a new twist after the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance held talks with Liberal Democrats and Conservatives following lengthy - and now, it seems, unsuccessful - negotiations with the SNP.
The power games at the top of Argyll and Bute Council look to have taken a new twist after the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance held talks with Liberal Democrats and Conservatives following lengthy - and now, it seems, unsuccessful - negotiations with the SNP.

A new coalition of independents, Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and non-aligned councillors has taken control of Argyll and Bute Council.

The new coalition has Dunoon independent Dick Walsh as its leader and Helensburgh Liberal Democrat Ellen Morton as its deputy leader.

Speaking at Thursday’s full council meeting in Kilmory, Councillor Walsh paid tribute to outgoing leader, Councillor Roddy McCuish, adding: “Today’s decision forms a platform for progress and there is a real willingness for councillors to work together for the best possible outcome for the people of Argyll and Bute.”

The new ruling coalition was formed after the abrupt cessation of talks between the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance and the SNP earlier this week.

Councillor Walsh led a similar coalition until the May 2012 local authority elections, from which the SNP emerged as the largest single group.