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
''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...
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