Trouble at the top

Moray Council was left in the hands of a minority ruling administration of five independents and one non-aligned conservative when conservative councillors left the coalition yesterday morning.

The split followed a difference of opinion within the ruling group about the recruitment of two senior officers, each attracting a salary of just over £90,000.

The council leader, councillor George Alexander, was reported to be in talks with opposition parties yesterday, while co-leaders of the opposition, SNP councillors Shona Morrison and Graham Leadbitter declared themselves ready to work with others to “form a stable and constructive partnership.”

The Council faces serious financial problems, and it is to be hoped councillors will quickly find a way to work together to provide the leadership Moray needs; insideMORAY wishes them well!