City of Edinburgh Council to be run by coalition

The Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour Party have formed a new coalition to run the City of Edinburgh Council, pledging to deliver improved services for residents and communities.

Following detailed negotiations since the 4 May local elections, the coalition partners have committed to working closely with other groups to achieve the best possible outcomes for Edinburgh residents.

Adam McVey, SNP Group leader, and Cammy Day, Labour group leader, will collaborate on plans for the construction of 20,000 affordable new homes, investment in transport infrastructure, improving waste services and roads maintenance and the delivery of a City Region Deal.

McVey said: “I am pleased that we have been able to reach this agreement, which will provide stable leadership for the council moving forward. This administration will implement a progressive policy agenda which will have as our top priority the improvement of our core public services and dealing with the key issues that face the people of our capital.

“As the city’s youngest ever council leader, I’m keen to bring a new vision to our exciting and vibrant capital. The SNP and Labour teams are ready to get to work for the city bringing an energetic, determined approach to address Edinburgh’s needs.”

Day added: “Labour and the SNP can offer the strong partnership required to lead the council, and we look forward to working together and putting Edinburgh first. Our vision has always been to progress projects and policies which benefit the citizens of Edinburgh and we will continue this throughout our term of office, working with our trade union colleagues and devolving decision-making to local communities as far as possible. I call on the Greens to join and support our vision of how we can unleash our city’s potential.”

Council leadership will be agreed at a meeting on 22 June, where committee conveners will also be appointed.

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