New Glenrothes MP resigns as councillor

Peter Grant celebrates his General Election success
Peter Grant celebrates his General Election success

New Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Peter Grant has resigned his position as councillor.

Mr Grant, who has represented the Glenrothes West and Kinglassie ward for 23 years and was leader of Fife Council for five years, will step down from the role tomorrow, July 3.

The new MP made the announcement to followers on Facebook and informed today’s meeting of full Council of his intention.

The former leader of the Scottish Nationalists in Fife overturned a 16,448 majority with a 35 per cent swing to secure a stunning victory in the recent general election in May and throughout his campaign told voters that he would step aside if he became an MP.

He said: “It’s been a great privilege to serve as a councillor for over 23 years including five years as leader of the council.

“During that time I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the finest people God ever made, both councillors and council officers, and to meet some truly amazing people working in paid and unpaid roles in other organisations.”

He added: “Taking a number of things into account now is the best time to go.

“There will be a by election to fill my council seat, probably some time in September, and I look forward to working for the election of another SNP councillor.”

Mr Grant, as leader of the opposition until his resignation from that role last month, received a salary of £22,998.

However he declared directly after his election win that his intention was to donate the salary to worthy causes.