Labour has ended talks with the Liberal Democrats over a possible coalition deal at Aberdeen City Council.
Labour emerged as the largest party at the local authority after winning 17 councillors at last week’s local elections but need 22 to form an administration.
Talks will continue on Tuesday with the SNP, who have 15 councillors, the three-member Conservatives and the three independent candidates.
Labour leader Barney Crockett said the controversial Third Don Crossing was one of the major stumbling blocks to a possible deal with the Lib Dems. Labour are opposed to the new £14m bridge over the River Don.
He said: “The strength of feeling we had about the Third Don Crossing was one thing but also the fact that they don’t operate a whipping system. Stability would be difficult if we needed votes so that was relevant as well.
“We are still talking to everybody except the Liberal Democrats. We are meeting hour to hour and looking for the very best outcome for the city.
“I don’t think there will be an agreement today but it will hopefully be completed by tomorrow.”
SNP group leader Callum McCaig added: “Talks are ongoing. We had a couple of short meetings yesterday and we have one scheduled for this afternoon.
“Any administration, whether it is a Labour led one or an SNP led one, would find it very difficult without the other party the way the numbers are. The only strong coalition that you can have is between the two parties. That is recognised by both sides.”