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SNP and Labour form coalition in Stirling Council

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The Scottish National Party and Scottish Labour have formed a coalition in Stirling Council, after Brig reported a potential deal yesterday.

The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon, with the SNP’s Scott Farmer elected as leader.

Labour’s Danny Gibson, councillor for Stirling North, was elected as deputy leader, and the SNP’s Graham Houston as deputy convenor.

A source told Brig Christine Simpson of Scottish Labour was elected as the new provost, replacing Mike Robbins who failed to be re-elected in this month’s local elections.

Brig reported on Tuesday of the two parties approaching a deal, after the SNP held their nine council seats in Stirling, and Labour secured four – down four on their result in 2012.

The election earlier this month also saw the Scottish Conservatives pick up an extra five seats, bringing them equal with the SNP on nine seats.

In 2012, Labour and the Conservatives formed a coalition in the council, ending a minority SNP administration that had lasted since 2008.

A one minute silence was held at the start of proceedings to commemorate the memories of those killed in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

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