Scoullar set to be new Argyll and Bute provost

Bute independent councillor Len Scoullar (left) is expected to be voted in as Argyll and Bute's new provost on Thursday. If appointed he will replace his Bute colleague, the SNP's Isobel Strong (right), who has agreed to stand down. Thursday's meeting is also expected to see the appointment of senior councillors in the authority's new administration, with Robert Macintyre (centre) set to retain the chairmanship of the Bute and Cowal area committee after he left the SNP group to join the new coalition.
Bute independent councillor Len Scoullar (left) is expected to be voted in as Argyll and Bute's new provost on Thursday. If appointed he will replace his Bute colleague, the SNP's Isobel Strong (right), who has agreed to stand down. Thursday's meeting is also expected to see the appointment of senior councillors in the authority's new administration, with Robert Macintyre (centre) set to retain the chairmanship of the Bute and Cowal area committee after he left the SNP group to join the new coalition.

Bute independent councillor Len Scoullar is set to be appointed as the new provost of Argyll and Bute on Thursday.

Councillor Scoullar, a member of the new administration which took over the running of the council last month, will be the group’s nominee for the post at a meeting of the full council in Lochgilphead on Thursday.

Should he be voted in – as seems virtually certain, in view of the ruling group’s 27-9 majority in the council chamber – he will replace his Bute colleague, SNP councillor Isobel Strong, who has agreed to stand down from the post after the party was left in opposition by the formation of the new administration last month.

Thursday’s council meeting will also see the official presentation of the findings of the Accounts Commission, reported on this site on Tuesday, on the months of unedifying in-fighting among groups of councillors which led, eventually, to the formation of that new ruling group.

More to come on the latest developments at the council later in the week.