Leaders sign coalition agreement to run the Capital
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.
The parties today agreed to work together to lead the Council following the Local Government Elections on 4 May.
Following detailed negotiations, the coalition partners have committed to working closely with other groups to achieve the best possible outcomes for Edinburgh residents.
Group leaders Councillor Adam McVey (SNP) and Cammy Day (Labour) will sign a coalition agreement tomorrow focusing on several key areas, including 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. The coalition will also target educational attainment, building two new secondary schools and 10 new primaries by 2021.
Adam McVey, SNP Group leader, 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.”
Cammy Day, Labour group leader, 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.”
Chief Executive, Andrew Kerr, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the SNP and Labour groups on reaching an agreement to form a coalition. I look forward to working with them over the next five years to achieve the best for the people of Edinburgh, and to achieve our vision for the Capital as a city of the future.”
Council leadership will be agreed at a meeting of Council next Thursday, 22 June, where committee conveners will also be appointed. The Lord Provost and members of the Council’s planning and regulatory committees, boards and joint boards were appointed at a meeting of Council on 25 May.