New council leader for Argyll and Bute

SNP councillors James Robb and Roddy McCuish, pictured in February this year, on the day the former succeeded the latter as leader of Argyll and Bute Council. Just three months later Cllr Robb has resigned and Cllr McCuish, who became deputy leader in February, is back in the top job - at least for now.
SNP councillors James Robb and Roddy McCuish, pictured in February this year, on the day the former succeeded the latter as leader of Argyll and Bute Council. Just three months later Cllr Robb has resigned and Cllr McCuish, who became deputy leader in February, is back in the top job - at least for now.

Argyll and Bute Council have elected a new council leader in the form of Roddy McCuish at its meeting in Lochgilphead today.

The new appointment comes after weeks of feuding within the ranks of the SNP - the largest single group in the chambers at Lochgilphead - which led to the resignation of council leader James Robb.

Cllr Robb had stepped down at the request of his fellow SNP councillors after officials at the party’s headquarters threatened to expel the group members for trying to set up a coalition with Conservatives and Liberal Demoncrats.

Councillor McCuish said: “I am delighted to have been voted in as council leader and very much welcome the support from colleagues from different groups within the council. It’s very important that we pull together for the good of the people who live and work in Argyll and Bute, and I look forward to working with my fellow councillors to achieve this.”