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David Ross in line to be new Council leader

Councillor David Ross has been selected as the new leader of Fife Labour group and is in line to become the new leader of the Council.

Councillor David Ross has been selected as the new leader of Fife Labour group and is in line to become the new leader of the Council.

 

Councillor David Ross is set to become the new leader of Fife Council after being selected to lead the Labour group at a meeting on Monday night.

Councillor David Ross is set to become the new leader of Fife Council after being selected to lead the Labour group at a meeting on Monday night.

He will succeed Councillor Alex Rowley, who is standing down after being elected as MSP for the Cowdenbeath constituency last week.

Councillor Lesley Laird has been appointed deputy leader of the Labour group and is expected to succeed Cllr Ross as deputy leader of the Council.

The leader and deputy of the Council will be formally elected at the full Council meeting on Thursday, February 20.

Cllr Ross said Cllr Rowley would be a hard act to follow, but he was delighted to be chosen to lead Fife’s Labour group.

He added: “We have made good progress since taking over the administration of Fife Council 20 months ago but there is much still to be done.

“I am determined to continue with major programmes on apprenticeships, jobs, support for early years and families, and new build housing as well as making improvements in services whilst cutting waste and bureaucracy. “Tackling poverty and deprivation will also be a central theme for the administration.

“I would like to pay tribute to Alex Rowley who has led the Council with real vision and great energy during his term of office.

“I know he will continue to be a strong voice for Fife as he takes up his new role at Holyrood.”

Cllr Ross, who represents the Kirkcaldy North ward, has been deputy leader of the Council since the elections in May 2012, when Labour formed the Council administration.

He has been a leading figure in the Council’s push to create 2700 new affordable homes in Fife by 2017.

Cllr Laird, who represents Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing, is the Council’s executive member for business, enterprise, economy and planning, and has been focussing on encouraging investment in the Kingdom with the aim of creating more skilled jobs.

She represents Fife Council at COSLA on economic and development, and is a member of the boards of Fife Business Gateway and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.

Cllr Laird said: “I feel honoured and privileged to have been elected deputy leader by my fellow Labour councillors and would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the strong political leadership and commitment by outgoing leader, Cllr Alex Rowley.

“I wish him well in his new role as MSP and know that he will be strong voice for his constituents and the people of Fife.”

Following his election to the Scottish Parliament last week, Cllr Rowley wrote to the Council’s chief executive Steve Grimmond to give notice of his resignation as Council leader with effect from February 20.

He will still be in charge of the administration when the Council sets its budget and when key decisions are taken on the £10m overspend in social work and the future of schools earmarked for closure in the review of the schools estate.

Cllr Rowley said: “These are three major areas of policy that I have been overseeing over many months and it is important to complete these before leaving the post.”

 

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