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Conservative leader pledges to "work together" for Aberdeenshire

By David Porter

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The leader of Aberdeenshire’s Conservatives has pledged to “work together across all parties” to put local priorities at the head of the agenda for the next five years.

Councillor Mark Findlater
Councillor Mark Findlater

Troup councillor Mark Findlater who leads the group announced the formation of a ruling coalition for the local authority.

The 25-strong Tory group which currently sees councillor Robey Withey suspended, will be joined by 14 Liberal Democrat and seven aligned independent councillors as Aberdeenshire Council meets on Thursday.

He said: “I am delighted to confirm that we have struck an agreement with the Liberal Democrats and independent councillors to form an administration.

“We are going to work diligently to get real results for the people of Aberdeenshire.

“In the run-up to the council election all our candidates, regardless of party, were given clear instructions about what really matters to them.

“We will be bringing that to the table, as well as the desire to work together across all parties for the benefit of this county.”

Aberdeenshire Liberal Democrats stated that they believe this will ensure an effective and stable administration, enabling them to deliver the best possible outcomes for the residents of Aberdeenshire.

Councillor Anne Stirling (Liberal Democrat group leader) said, “We are focussed on our residents’ priorities - the cost-of-living crisis, climate change, and getting the basics right.

" This deal ensures that Liberal Democrats have a say at all levels of policy making.”

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