Angus Bids Farewell to Falkirk Council
Saturday, 17 March 2012 16:37
FINAL PLEA FOR MORE CONSENSUS POLITICS IN COUNCIL CHAMBER
Grangemouth SNP Councillor and MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald this week bid farewell to Falkirk Council as the local authority held its final Full Council meeting.
Speaking after the meeting Angus said it had been an emotional day as he prepares to concentrate on an increasing workload in Parliament and in the Falkirk East constituency. Angus said: “I would like to thank the people of Grangemouth for placing their faith in me over the years. As their MSP I remain committed to the town and the greater area of Falkirk East, and I will continue to represent all the residents of the constituency to the best of my ability.
“I am pleased the SNP are putting forward two young and energetic Portonians to take my place on the Council. I know Andrew Cowie and David Balfour will prove to be effective, first class representatives for the people of Grangemouth and I will be joining them on the doorsteps of Grangemouth and Skinflats in the coming weeks to help them in their election campaigns.
Speaking to Full Council on Wednesday, Angus said:
“As Enoch Powell once said, all political careers end in failure. Well it would seem Provost that my political failure has been temporarily postponed.
“Can I take this opportunity to thank the council officers past and present for all their help and assistance over the years, not just during my terms on Falkirk Council, but also my time on Falkirk District Council in the 90’s.
“Can I thank all my colleagues on the SNP Group, past and present, for all their support, advice and encouragement over the years. It’s a great team, not causing me too many difficulties as the Group Whip, and I look forward to working with them all in the future in my capacity as MSP for Falkirk East.
“Can I also thank you Provost for the way in which you have ensured proceedings in this chamber have been conducted fairly and democratically – everyone got their fair say – most of the time”.
“In addition, the way in which you’ve conducted your civic duties as Falkirk District’s first citizen have been exemplary and I particularly appreciated your major contribution to the success of the Royal National Mod in 2008.
“Now, a plea Provost. In my maiden speech when I returned at the Inchyra by-election in 2004 I made a specific plea for more consensus politics in this chamber. Unfortunately we haven’t seen the consensus I would have liked to see
“The people out there, who we represent, want to see politicians working with each other when they can, so I would urge the new administration in May, whatever political colour it is, to make every effort to bring a strong element of consensus politics to this chamber.
“That’s the way to move Falkirk district forward as we pull ourselves out of the aftermath of the recession”
“Thank you Provost and my grateful thanks to the people of Grangemouth for allowing me to represent them for a total of 12 years. I’ll miss this place, but there is still much to be done and much to deliver for the people of Falkirk East and I intend to use my new position to do just that."
Angus (bottom right) with his SNP Group colleagues and Cllr Robert Spears at the final Full Council on Wednesday 14th March