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Labour form New Administration in Falkirk

New first-time councillor Alex Waddell supports Labour enabling them to form the Administration in Falkirk Council.

Last night he hinted he has made his mind up – but refused to reveal his decision until he has spoken to the leader of the group he intends to support in the municipal buildings ahead of the first meeting of the new council on Friday.

Previously, Labour leader Councillor Linda Gow insisted: "We have spoken to Alex Waddell and found a lot of common ground. He has been very positive about our plans for the way ahead.

''We are also still negotiating with the Tories and feel progress has been made there.

''On Thursday night I fully expect to chair a meeting of the Labour Group which will finalise nominations for positions on a Labour administration."

And so it transpired!

Both Labour, who won 14 seats, and the SNP, who took 13, had said they were confident the former Denny and District community councillor, elected to represent the Denny and Banknock Ward, would join them.

But, in reality, two weeks after the election, the political picture was still unclear...

Until now!

Labour turns up 'trumps'

With 16 seats each the decision was made on the 'cut of the cards'.

The cut was made by Councillors Pat Reid and Robert Spiers with Pat Reid cutting a 'ten' to win the day for Labour.

Labour can also expect to boost its numbers with the backing of independent Billy Buchanan.

And success for new Bo'ness Labour Councillor

With his interest and recent high profile regarding the Kinneil Museum fiasco Councillor Adrian Mahoney has been given the influential position of Convener of the Environment & Heritage Committee.

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