SNP Councillor for Stirling East Gerry McLaughlan has criticised the Green Party’s Mark Ruskell MSP (Mid Scotland and Fife) for abstaining on his own motion on a deposit return system for plastic bottles to encourage recycling locally and across Scotland. McLaughlan, who co-signed the original motion has slammed the Green politician’s lack of conviction after Ruskell, who still serves on Stirling Council, submitted the motion to the meeting of the Full Council (6th October, 2016).
Supported by SNP Councillors, the motion was bizarrely abandoned by Ruskell after Labour’s Councillor Danny Gibson attempted to blackball the motion by calling for a “remit back to the Environment Committee.”
The Tories and Labour voted for the remit back, with the SNP voting against, whilst Ruskell was the only Councillor who opted for a “no vote” – resulting in fellow Councillors responding with laughter.
Criticising the Green politician’s move, Gerry McLaughlan said:
“I have to admit that I was very disappointed that Mr Ruskell decided to back out at the first hurdle. This motion was a great opportunity for Stirling Council to send out a message to the Scottish Government and other local authorities that we were willing to work with others to develop and introduce new innovative means of managing recycling.
“This is something that could have been achieved at Full Council level and didn’t need to be remitted to the Environment Committee – resulting in Stirling taxpayer’s money being wastefully spent on Officers now having to produce unnecessary reports.
“Whilst I feel that Mr Ruskell should have a stronger case for his own motion, my SNP colleagues and I will monitor its progress with interest at committee level.”