AN agreement has been signed between the Conservative and SNP groups to run Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The deal was made over the weekend, resulting in a formal partnership being signed on Monday.
Both groups said that they would work with others to do what is best for Dumfries and Galloway.
Conservative leader Ivor Hyslop said: “I am confident that a good working relationship can continue to be built upon by our two groups. This power-sharing deal allows us to work on our 10 key election priorities.
“Obviously, there will need to be compromise between the two groups and that is why we have put together a joint manifesto.”
Mid Galloway councillor Graham Nicol added that a manifesto is being printed which will take forward the council.
He said: “We are still adjusting the chairmanships of committees and the role of concenor but these will be decided at full council on Tuesday.
“I’m delighted we were able to form a majority administration with the SNP after the good working of the past five years and our administration manifesto will show we are dealing with local issues for the good of the people of the region, and not on a national party level.”
Acting SNP leader Iain Dick said: “I am very pleased to say that following constructive negotiations the SNP council group has agreed to enter a coalition with the Conservatives to form a majority administration for Dumfries and Galloway Council.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Councillor Rob Davidson for his hard work in achieving this agreement.
“We have agreed a positive programme of key priorities for the region, including commitments to investing in regeneration, roads and communities, as well as promoting business development and working on key projects for the future such as the Stranraer Waterfront, Dumfries Learning Town and town centre regeneration and the future of the Crichton campus.
“Our shared commitment is to work hard together to achieve real progress and do our best for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.”
Labour leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “The Tories lost the election, and the people of Dumfries and Galloway voted to kick them out. But the dead hand of Tory rule has been given the kiss of life by the SNP.
“Thousands of SNP voters across the region will be dismayed that the people they voted for have betrayed them and the SNP have jumped into bed with the Tories.
“Following the election, Labour is the largest party in Dumfries and Galloway and for the last ten days we have been working with the SNP councillors to form a stable administration to look after the forgotten region of Scotland. Just as we were about to conclude an agreement, the SNP group leader quit his post. Whilst the SNP and Tories can pretend they have a joint manifesto and claim they have been negotiating for days, everyone knows the truth. No joint manifesto yet exists as this was hurriedly pulled together murky deal ordered by the SNP bosses in Edinburgh.
“For weeks the SNP campaigned alongside Labour to unseat the hated Tory council, and Labour emerged the victor at the election with most seats. But it is clear to the people of Dumfries and Galloway that they can never again believe a single word an SNP councillor ever says to them.”