In the last elections, Labour Councillors promised to pursue the establishment of a formal public petitions process for the Moray Council. In 2012, Labour Councillors delivered on this pledge and a public petitions process has now been established. While this is a welcome step forward, there remains a culture in the Council that public opinion is regarded as somewhat of a nuisance. The Council’s leadership only appears interested in consulting the public when they don’t want to take the tough decisions themselves. Labour Councillors will ensure the public is genuinely engaged and consulted in Council decision making, whether it’s convenient for the leadership or not.

Furthermore, the independent group that runs the Council is unable to take and implement collective decisions for themselves. The independent councillors in the administration have adopted an à la carteapproach to leadership, with the result that far too many decisions in the Council are taken by officials, and not elected members.

Moray Labour believes that whatever the composition of the next Council administration, all members of the administration should be bound by decisions taken collectively, and vote accordingly. Members of the administration who cannot support a collective decision should resign and should not be readmitted to the ruling group. Only then will voters be able to see clearly who bears responsibility for Council decisions. Moray Labour will vote against any administration that doesn’t include a binding commitment by its members to stand by collective decisions.

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