'A Scottish Conservative councillor has come under fire after failing to attend any meetings since September 2018. The National reported that Brett Hunt, who represents the Bridge of Don Ward on Aberdeen City Council, currently resides in Dubai. Hunt is on “secondment” as a general manager for the oil and gas company National Oilwell Varco. But the Conservative councillor defended himself, saying he keeps in contact with constituents. The National claimed he was doing so “from the beach”. Hunt has also been sharing images on his social media of him aboard a speedboat and wakeboarding.
According to the Local Government (Scotland) Act, any councillor who does not attend a council meeting for six months loses their position.
“Councillor for the Bridge of Dubai”
The leader of the SNP group on Aberdeen City Council, Stephen Flynn, said Hunt’s constituents have been calling him the “Councillor for the Bridge of Dubai”.
As reported by the National, Flynn also said:
I’ve no doubt that the administration will be making hasty arrangements to jet him back but the people of Aberdeen will be questioning how someone who is reputedly very rarely in the city can seriously vote on the council budget. We all know that exceptions have rightly been made in the past on health grounds to allow councillors to pass the six month period, but I don’t think ‘not being in the city’ will wash its feet as a reasonable excuse.
He went on to say:
When you are fortunate enough to get elected to office you must be willing to make sacrifices to do your best by the city, if you aren’t prepared to do that then you should step away.
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