Opposition votes to bin Bon Accord

Aberdeen’s free monthly council newspaper is being scrapped.

The tabloid Bon Accord will cease publication early this year after all three opposition parties outvoted the minority ruling Labour group by 23 to 20.

Liberal Democrat group leader Kate Dean said the £100,000 annual cost of producing Bon Accord should be redirected to frontline public services.

"This is vanity publishing and the whole purpose seems to be to put forward the views of the Labour administration of this council."

But council leader Len Ironside angrily denied his group interfered with the editorial content of the paper.

SNP group leader Kevin Stewart said that most of the press releases issued by the council’s publicity department were used in the local media. But Labour’s Ted Harris claimed the local newspaper – the Evening Express – had a personal agenda against the Labour Party in the city.

By Hamish Mackay

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