The Opposition leader of Labour’s “monolithic” Glasgow fiefdom has spoken out against the city council’s decision to exit the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA).
Councillor Susan Aitken, the SNP group leader at Glasgow City Council, accused Labour of forcing through a decision to quit CoSLA despite having no known plan for the future.
In an exclusive interview with Derek Bateman, Aitken said Labour was “overplaying their hand” in attempting to make the debate a party political one.
“If they want to sit with the other three councils and have a moan about the SNP they’re welcome, but they are using the council’s officer time to try and set up an alternative to CoSLA, which will continue to receive the money. They have no plan,” she said.
In a trenchant critique of Labour’s lengthy control of local authority politics in Glasgow, Aitken predicted that the party’s grip on the city is fading fast.
“They’ve run things without any great challenge for 40 years ago. They have networks that reach into all corners of life in the city that are really embedded,” commented Aitken.
“Change has been coming for a while now, with the referendum campaign, the election of Nicola Sturgeon, and an increased number of SNP councillors.”
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