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Minority administration looms at East Dunbartonshire Council

East Dunbartonshire Council looks set to have a minority administration after the Liberal Democrats signalled their intention to quit the ruling coalition.

The party formed a working majority on the council in partnership with Labour and the Conservatives.

It said it would withdraw from the arrangement amid an ongoing row related to a sports complex in Bishopbriggs.

If the move goes ahead, Labour and the Conservatives will continue as a minority administration.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, Councillor Ashay Ghai, said: "When we entered coalition in 2012 all parties agreed that we would not put forward recommendations unless all three groups agreed.

"However, Labour and Conservatives broke the agreement by forcing through proposals to underwrite a further £4.4m for the Huntershill sports complex when there were so many unanswered questions.

"It is not easy to give up our roles and move into opposition but it is against our principles to remain in the administration under these circumstances and when our coalition agreement has been broken."

Members of the Liberal Democrat group are expected to resign their posts in advance of a special council meeting on 21 January.

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