SNP and Greens strike deal in Glasgow to lead City Council
The SNP and the Greens have announced a deal to lead Scotland’s largest local authority.
The Greens have agreed to back a minority SNP administration, while being guaranteed some key roles by the larger party.
Green Councilors were told they would chair a new Net Zero and Climate Progress Oversight Committee and a Just Transition Task Force.
They will also chair the City’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee and serve as Vice Chairs on the Education and Environment Committees.
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The Greens say the deal means they will officially remain in opposition while giving their support to the minority SNP administration.
The two parties worked together in the previous administration, which was also a minority in the SNP, in particular by adopting joint budgets.
The SNP said the deal only binds the first vote of the new council, which will be held on Thursday May 19 and will see the election of a leader and Lord Provost.
The leader is expected to continue to be Susan Aitken.
While the SNP, led by Aitken, lost two seats, the Greens, led jointly by Jon Molyneux and Martha Wardrop, won three and propelled the SNP leader to first place in his Langside district.
Aitken said: “People in Glasgow will face huge challenges in the years to come, ranging from the day-to-day impact of the cost of living crisis on incomes and the longer-term effect of pandemic and Brexit on communities to ensuring a just and fair transition for all Glasgow residents and that our city is climate ready.
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“At a time of great uncertainty, this agreement between the SNP and the Greens can help provide the confident and responsible leadership that this city and its people need.
“It’s about doing politics and governance differently. It is clear that the SNP and the Greens have much in common and have agreed over recent years on how best to tackle the major challenges affecting the people of Glasgow and, above all, we share a desire to work together to take bold, urgent and progressive action which the immediate needs and future demands of the people of Glasgow.
Greens co-leader Wardrop said: “The outcome of the recent election has made it clear to us that the people of Glasgow agree with our vision for a more effective, more democratic and forward-looking council.
“With our largest group of Green Councillors, we will hold a minority SNP administration to account while working collaboratively across all parties to deliver a fairer, greener and more inclusive Glasgow and to bring about the change that people have been crying out for. vote.”
Molyneux said the incoming administration would “ensure the council listens to those we represent and delivers for our communities.”
He added that the administration’s next priority would be to agree on a five-year plan for the city to deliver “the incremental change that people want to see”.
The SNP said the five-year strategic plan would include compatible manifesto commitments from both sides and “additional commitments from each group”.
The Greens currently hold 10 seats on the council, overtaking the Conservatives as the third group after the May 5 vote.