At Tuesday night’s meeting of the River CC Liz answered a few questions.
She was asked if her sacking came as a complete surprise.
‘Yes. I didn’t even know they had a pre-meeting, they had everything written out.’
A little later she went on to say:
‘And they’ve done it all behind closed doors. They’ve made the Provost’s position much more – they’ve demeaned it by doing it all behind a closed door and not giving it the authority. They should have had a public forum – at the ward forum they should have said we’re making an announcement that Laurie’s the new Provost but they did it all behind closed doors. They put out four lines on a press release.'
Liz was asked if there was any move to unseat her when the SNP left the Council administration.
‘When we came out of the administration there was no talk at all of me giving up the position of Provost and ward chair. It was never mentioned until Monday. '
Another question was if she thought the others had been ganging up on her.
‘All throughout these last 18 months there’s been a lot of complications and that’s because I’ve been speaking against what the administration’s plans were for Nairn. MacLean Court and the respite being taken away. There has been conflict but I was just trying to do the best.’
On the crowding of the Ward Forum agenda:
‘I thought the ward forums were about listening to the community’s views but it’s about what the Highland Council wants to talk about.’
Those present at the meeting then heard exactly how the knives came out at the Courthouse on Monday morning.
‘The ward business meeting was at nine o’clock so I went into the Courthouse at five to nine and I went into the Provost’s room and Louise said, ‘Oh you’re in the chamber, the other councillors are through there.’
And I went through and Sandy said, ‘We think that you have been the Provost now for three years and we think it would be fairer to share it and let the other two councillors have a go.’
And I said, ‘Well, I don’t remember you sharing it when you were the Provost for eight years,’ and then, ‘why are you asking me to do this?’ And then Graham Marsden said:‘Oh, well the way you have been behaving politically and you were political at the last ward forum going on about the swimming pool.’