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Nine Labour councillors to remain suspended

Aberdeen City Council

Nine Aberdeen councillors will remain suspended from Labour until at least early next year, the party has said.

The members of the Labour group were suspended by the party when they formed a Conservative coalition.

Labour's Scottish Executive Committee said the councillors would be given the chance to show a commitment to challenging austerity during the budget process next year.

The matter will be kept under review until then.

The SNP is the largest group at the council but is in opposition.

The Labour group signed a deal with the Conservative and independent groups in May.

Jenny Laing, the co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, said she was disappointed she and the other councillors remained suspended from the party.

Douglas Lumsden, leader of the Conservative group which shares power in the Town House with Labour, said it was an internal matter for Labour.

Stephen Flynn, leader of the opposition SNP group, said Labour was right to hand out an ultimatum.

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