Deal done to run council

Today (Monday) the Conservative and SNP groups on Dumfries & Galloway Council entered into a partnership agreement to form the next council administration.

Both groups have always said that they would work with others to do what is best for Dumfries and Galloway.

Conservative leader Ivor Hyslop said: “In the wake of days of positive and constructive negotiations, the two parties have now joined together to deliver a joint manifesto for the region. 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.

“I would like, at this stage, to thank both negotiating teams for their professionalism and integrity throughout this process and I very much look forward to working together to deliver on the priorities necessary to secure a better future for Dumfries and Galloway.”

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.”