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Accounts Commission report reveals SNP shambles in Argyll and Bute

October 28, 2013 4:47 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on an Accounts Commission report investigating politicalAlan ReidAlan Reid instablility at Argyll and Bute council since last year's elections, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Argyll and Bute Alan Reid said:

"The Accounts Commission report is a complete condemnation of the SNP. The SNP won the Council election last year and proved totally incapable of running the Council. I've never heard of anything like this utter shambles happening anywhere else in the country. The lesson for the electorate is clear - if you vote SNP at a Council election in Argyll & Bute, you will end up with a shambles.

"The strings were being pulled from Holyrood. SNP Headquarters and Scottish Cabinet Minister Mike Russell MSP were constantly interfering and blocked a stable coalition administration being formed six months ago. I'm disappointed that the Accounts Commission have failed to investigate the string pulling from Holyrood which was a major contribution to the problem. SNP Councillors were doing what they were told by SNP Headquarters. There should be an investigation into this by a truly independent body.

"I'm pleased that the Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Independent Councillors have picked up the pieces after the SNP walked away from the mess they caused. The new administration have a tough job on their hands and I will offer them constructive support."