MORAY’S Tory MP has issued a challenge to the SNP to take over the running of the council.
Douglas Ross has commented after the Conservative group withdrew their support earlier today from the administration.
Mr Ross said: "There has been much talk from the local SNP group about how they would run the council, even with the crippling cuts their Scottish Government is imposing on Moray.
"Well, now is their opportunity as the biggest party on the council to take on the administration and show how they will make the cuts Moray is facing while protecting local services."
"The Conservative group have tried to influence change at Moray Council but it seems their latest proposal to reduce the number of highly paid senior council officers to help protect front-line services was not acceptable to some officers or councillors.
"I think many people in Moray will be surprised that at a time when the council have to make swingeing cuts to local services due to the poor financial settlement we receive from the SNP Scottish Government, councillors did not seem willing to accept Conservative proposals to reduce the number of senior positions.
"Sadly it seems that there is still a feeling amongst some councillors that despite being elected to represent local people, they simply enter the council to do whatever officers tell them to do.
"The Conservative group has tried to change that mindset and I’m sorry they were not successful."