East Lothian Council Labour Group has condemned SNP opposition councillors for voting against the draft council plan for 2017-22 at today’s full council meeting.

The plan was developed by officers to take account of council-wide priorities over the next five years and included crucial issues such as building the economy and creating jobs, protecting and enhancing local schools and implementing the recommendations of the county’s poverty commission.

Labour Group Secretary, Cllr Shamin Akhtar said:

“The draft plan approved by the council sets out a broad vision for future council objectives. It has been developed by officers based on all the information and resources available to them and in the best interests of the county.

“For the SNP to vote against what is at this stage only a draft document was clearly an entirely party political decision. I’d like to know what they actually disagree with in the draft plan because they certainly weren’t able to tell us in the meeting.

“I think their own supporters will be disappointed that they have voted against progressive plans like implementing the recommendations of the poverty commission and the council’s concerns about responsibility for education potentially moving to a new regional body.

“Sadly, Cllr Currie and his colleagues only seem able to act for their narrow party political advantage rather than in the interests of this county.”

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