Bute councillor Robert Macintyre has resigned from the SNP group on Argyll and Bute Council - and has slammed the “wreckers” in the party for torpedoing a coalition deal to run the authority.
Councillor Macintyre has thrown in his lot with the new administration which took control of the authority on Thursday, comprising members of the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance, Argyll First and Argyll, Lomond and the Isles groups.
The new coalition was formed after talks between the ABFCA and the SNP collapsed at the start of this week.
“What happened was a disgrace,” Cllr Macintyre told The Buteman.
“We had an SNP group meeting on Monday to finalise the new coalition with Argyll and Bute for Change, at which certain SNP group members who have opposed the deal during three months of negotiations finally got their way.
“I was disgusted at the manner in which the ‘wreckers’ achieved their aims, and I’ve intimated my resignation from the SNP group.
“I’m now part of the new coalition, and I would hope that other members of the SNP group will follow me.”
The new ruling coalition has Dunoon independent Dick Walsh as its leader and Cllr Ellen Morton from Helensburgh as his deputy.
Bute SNP councillor Isobel Strong remains the council’s Provost, and has told The Buteman she intends to continue in the role.