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COSLA RIVALS SEEK TO BREAKAWAY AMID FAILURES OF REPRESENTATION

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Rebel nationalist councils in Scotland are planning to set up a body to rival the Convention of Scottish Local Auth...
Rebel nationalist councils in Scotland are planning to set up a body to rival the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities amid claims it is too close to the Scottish Executive to represent local government effectively.

The breakaway group claims to have attracted interest from disaffected rural councils in the north of Scotland, urban councils suffering a funding mismatch post-reorganisation and even elements within Labour-run councils.

Keith Brown (SNP), leader of Clackmannanshire Council, said: 'There are up to 10 councils which are disaffected by COSLA's failure to represent local government and its interests, and which are saying the time has come for an alternative body to be set up.'

But COSLA loyalists labelled the nationalists 'wreckers' who risked playing into the Executive's hands by splintering the voice of local government.

Audrey Findlay (Lib Dem), leader of Aberdeenshire Council, said she was opposed to any breakaway group, but warned COSLA must do more to represent all its member councils.
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