SNP Take Control in Moray

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday June 13 2018

SNP Councillors have taken control of Moray Council as a minority administration two weeks after Tory Councillors walked away from the previous Tory/Independent coalition in the Council.

Shona Morrison from the Fochabers Lhanbryde Ward has taken up the role of Convener, the first woman in the history of Moray Council to be the region’s Civic Leader, and the Council Leader is Graham Leadbitter, who represents Elgin City South.

Following his appointment as Council Leader, Graham Leadbitter said:

“It is an honour and a privilege to be elected as a Councillor to serve my community and it is a further honour and privilege to be this Council’s Leader.

“The last few weeks have been very challenging for Moray Council, for the staff and for the people of Moray.

“Today, however, marks a major change for Moray Council and I am proud to lead a strong, confident team of hard-working SNP councillors who care deeply about the communities that elected them, about Moray as a whole and about the staff and volunteers who deliver public services throughout Moray.

“This SNP team is committed to working with others for the good of Moray and delivering stability and sustainability for this Council and getting the Council back on an even keel.

“We know there are challenges ahead and we know that we must work with other councillors in this chamber to deliver the policy and budget decisions that are required to move Moray Council forward.

“Policies that are needed to tackle poverty in Moray, to attract high value jobs to the region and, in the Year of Young People, provide the education and job opportunities that are needed to retain and attract folk.

“We know that we are the Administration of a Council that delivers quarter of a billion pounds worth of public services each year, including major investment in early years, new schools, new transport infrastructure, as well as maintaining high standards in over 150 individual areas of public service.

“In particular I would single out the hardworking and dedicated council workforce that work in our communities right across Moray.

“We are also an Administration in a region that has an enormous amount to shout about and we will do that shouting.

‘This is an exceptional place to live and work and we will be positive about Moray, positive about our Council and positive about the future that it is our job to shape.”

Following her appointment as Convener, Shona Morrison said:

“I am honoured to have been elected as Convener of Moray Council and I am especially proud to be the first woman in Moray’s history to hold the post.

“Women remain underrepresented in local authorities with only 7 authorities having women convenors and women making up only 27% of all councillors throughout Scotland.

“With this appointment we move toward greater equality in local government and I look forward to working hard to represent and showcase Moray.”



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