From the SNP Media Office:
Scottish Labour leadership hopefuls Monica Lennon and Anas Sarwar have been challenged by the SNP to uphold the suspension of nine disgraced councillors
After a shocking 40 months of inaction by the Labour leadership, the nine councillors were formally suspended from the party in October 2020 for propping up the Tories in a power-sharing deal on Aberdeen Council.
The group caused outrage by claiming “the Tories have done more to improve the lives of people in disadvantaged communities in Aberdeen than the SNP have ever done”.
Speaking last year, former leader Richard Leonard said: “it is disappointing that the nine councillors in three-and-a-half years have offered neither regret nor a resolution to avoid this decision.”
Now, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central Kevin Stewart has called on the would-be Labour leaders to reaffirm their commitment to the suspension and rule out any future coalition agreements with the Tories.
Commenting, Mr Stewart said:
“These disgraced councillors have worked hand in hand with the Tories for years now.
“Scottish Labour might talk a good game when it comes to fighting Westminster austerity, but the party won’t be taken seriously if they open the door for councillors who have propped up a right-wing Tory administration to re-join the party.
“If Monica Lennon and Anas Sarwar want to be seen as anything approaching credible candidates, then they must lead by example and make clear the suspension of these Tory supporting councillors will remain in place.
“Anything less is a clear admission that Scottish Labour are jumping back into bed with Boris Johnson’s Tories in a unionist pact.”
Richard Leonard on the suspension in October 2020:
“This sends out a clear message that serious rule breaches will result in serious repercussions.
“It is disappointing that the nine councillors in three-and-a-half years have offered neither regret nor a resolution to avoid this decision.”
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