Green reaction to Labour-SNP Deal for Edinburgh

Reacting to the breaking news that Labour and SNP have signed a deal to govern Edinburgh, Steve Burgess, Convenor of the Green Group of Councillors said:

“This was always the most likely conclusion to negotiations and it brings clarity to the council administration. We looked seriously at various options over the weekend but recognised that the arithmetic meant that Green councillors would always be dispensable and that would be a major weakness. However, by making our intentions not to enter coalition clear earlier today we ensured that a Labour-Conservative coalition was no longer attractive to Labour either.

“I wish the new coalition well and I hope that the spirit of consensus that has been developed over the last three days will continue. The Greens will continue to work for that as well as offering robust scrutiny of the Administration and the development of bold and innovative policies for the capital.”