Brian Goodall appointed Fife Council’s opposition leader

Councillor Brian Goodall is the new leader of the opposition.
Councillor Brian Goodall is the new leader of the opposition.

SNP councillor Brian Goodall has been appointed Fife Council’s leader of the opposition.

Cllr Goodall, who represents the Dunfermline South ward, was the only member nominated for the position at today’s (Thursday) full council meeting.

He replaces Cllr Peter Grant, who resigned from the role following his election as MP for Glenrothes and Central Fife in the General Election earlier this month.

Cllr Goodall has also replaced Cllr Grant as leader of the SNP group in Fife, having served as deputy leader for a number of years.

Speaking following his appointment, Cllr Goodall said: “I want to pay tribute to Peter Grant. It’s been a honour to be his deputy and I’ve learned a lot in the last eight years.”

He followed those remarks by suggesting there might be a slight change in style of leadership, and joked: “Maybe I’ll be a bit briefer with my contributions!”

Also at the meeting, Labour councillor Altany Craik was appointed as executive member for finance and corporate services following Cllr Linda Erskine’s decision to stand down from the role.

And, having served as deputy, Liberal Democrat councillor Margaret Kennedy will now step up to chair the safer communities committee following the resignation of Labour councillor Kenny Selbie.