Bute independent councillor Len Scoullar was confirmed as the new Provost of Argyll and Bute on Thursday.
Councillor Scoullar took the chair after being nominated for the post by the authority’s new administration, following the resignation of his Bute colleague, the SNP’s Isobel Strong.
The new Provost - who was depute provost under a previous administration between 2007 and 2012 - made no acceptance speech, instead opting simply to endorse tributes paid to Councillor Strong at the start of Thursday’s meeting by current depute provost Dougie Philand, council leader Dick Walsh and Bute’s third councillor, Robert Macintyre.
In a reference to the political instability which has dogged the authority in recent weeks and months, and to her own health concerns during that time, Councillor Strong said: “It has been an honour to have been the Provost of Argyll and Bute, and I’m really sorry that I have had to stand down in this way.
“I had major heart surgery earlier this year and as a result had taken my eye off the ball with regard to changes in the composition of the council, which I still don’t fully understand.
“I believe that had different choices been made by others, it wouldn’t have had to come to this.”
Councillor Macintyre added: “Isobel has gained huge respect whenever and wherever she has represented this council.
“It is my view, shared my many other councillors in this chamber, that she should still be Provost. However, she has taken advice and decided to step down, which she does with the utmost dignity.”