Labour seek to control Glenrothes area committee

Cllrs Fiona Grant and Ross Vettraino
Cllrs Fiona Grant and Ross Vettraino

Labour councillors have announced that they intend to seek the early removal of the current SNP committee chairman and vice chairman of Glenrothes Area Committee when it next meets on October 7.

The move comes just six months after a similar motion by the committee’s SNP councillors succeeded in removing Labour councillor Altany Craik from the same position.

That followed the SNP gaining a majority on the influential decision making body after their win in the previous week’s Ward 14 by-election.

Since then the balance of power has once again shifted in favour of the Labour group following the resignation of SNP councillor Peter Grant, who was elected to Westminster in May’s general election, and former SNP councillor Bill Brown’s resignation from the Scottish Nationalists to serve as an independent councillor for the Glenrothes area.

Even if the SNP are successful in the forthcoming Glenrothes West and Kinglassie by-election,on October 1, that would only give them the same number of committee members as Labour with independent councillor Bill Brown holding the balance of power.

A Labour Party insider told the Gazette they are confident they can persuade Mr Brown to support their motion thus removing councillors Fiona Grant and Ross Vettraino from their roles.