THE SNP and the Greens have announced a deal to run Scotland’s largest local authority.

The Greens have agreed to back an SNP minority administration, while being guaranteed some key roles by the larger party.

Green councillors have been told they will chair a new Net Zero and Climate Progress Monitoring Committee and a Just Transition Working Group.

They will also chair the city's neighbourhoods and housing committee and hold vice-chair positions on the education and environment committees. 

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The Greens say the deal means they will officially remain in opposition while providing support for the SNP minority administration.

Both parties worked collaboratively in the previous administration, also an SNP minority, including passing joint budgets. 

The SNP said the agreement is only binding on the first vote of the new council, which will be held on Thursday May 19 and will see the election of a leader and Lord Provost. 

It is expected the leader will continue to be Susan Aitken. 

While the SNP, led by Aitken, lost two seats, the Greens, jointly led by Jon Molyneux and Martha Wardrop, picked up three and pipped the SNP leader to the top spot in her Langside ward. 

Aitken said: "Glaswegians face huge challenges in the years ahead, from the daily impact of the cost-of-living crisis on incomes and the longer-term effect of the pandemic and Brexit on communities through to ensuring a fair and just transition delivers for all Glaswegians and that our city is climate-ready.

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“In a time of great uncertainty this agreement between the SNP and Greens can help provide the confident and responsible leadership this city and its people require.

“This is about doing politics and governance differently. It’s clear that the SNP and Greens have much common ground and have agreed in recent years on how best to meet major challenges affecting Glaswegians and crucially, we share a willingness to collaborate to take the bold, urgent and progressive action which the immediate and future needs of Glaswegians' demands.”

Greens co-leader Wardrop said: "The recent election result clearly showed us that the people of Glasgow agreed with our vision for a more effective, more democratic and forward-looking council.

"With our largest-ever group of Green councillors, we will hold a minority SNP administration to account while working collaboratively across party lines to deliver a fairer, greener and more inclusive Glasgow and to bring about the change that people voted for.”

Molyneux said the incoming administration would "ensure the council listens to those who we represent and delivers for our communities". 

He added the next priority for the administration would be agreeing a five-year plan for the city to deliver "the progressive change people want to see".

The SNP said the five-year strategic plan would include compatible manifesto commitments from both parties and "additional commitments from each group". 

The Greens currently hold 10 seats on the council, overtaking the Tories as the third largest group following the vote on May 5.