East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats' statement on press speculation over the administration of East Dunbartonshire Council.
Rumours of a coalition arrangement are nothing new, and were rife even back in May just after the local elections.
But they were way off the mark then, and it would be highly presumptuous to assume they are any more accurate now.
In May the Liberal Democrats did not join a rumoured coalition with the Conservatives and gave the SNP, with the largest number of councillors albeit by just one, the opportunity to lead the council.
But the SNP has singularly failed to show leadership, and their giving up the administration would be running away from their responsibilities, whilst making ridiculous accusations of others ‘obstructing the work of the council’.
The SNP minority administration has resorted to the oppositional role it understands - political posturing and grandstanding.
The Liberal Democrat position has always been to do what is best for our local communities, and that focus has not changed.
But clearly East Dunbartonshire needs strong leadership, and we will take time to reflect on our position before deciding the best way forward for the benefit of local residents.