New council coalition ‘more democratic’

The new coalition running Argyll and Bute will have a clear majority, a long-serving councillor said tonight.

George Freeman
George Freeman

George Freeman said he and fellow Lomond North representative Robert MacIntyre – who together form the Argyll & Bute Independent Councillors Group – both supported the proposal to include Liberal Democrats and Conservatives in the coalition headed by the SNP’s James Robb.

“This increases the numbers in the administration to 25 which ensures that it is far more democratic and representative of the residents of Argyll and Bute,” he added.

“This also increases the skills and experience that will be available within the administration and should be welcomed by the public.  As far as Robert and I are concerned, our remits do not change.”

Cllr Freeman has been a member of the council since 1999; he had been a member of  the coalition led by Councillor Dick Walsh following the 2007 elections but resigned after voting against plans to close 26 schools in a dramatic meeting at Lochgilphead.

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