‘Putting people first’ is Labour’s message

NEW TERM: Alex Rowley and Jim Leishman
NEW TERM: Alex Rowley and Jim Leishman

THE first meeting of Fife council since the local elections saw the formation of a new minority Labour administration and first time Councillor and Fife footballing legend Jim Leishman elected to serve as Provost of Fife reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

The new council will be lead by Fife Labour leader Alex Rowley with Councillor David Ross as Depute.

Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch Councillor Kay Morrison was elected to serve alongside councillor Leishman as Depute Provost.

The new leader of Fife Council, Alex Rowley said: “I’m delighted that we have now formed an administration and we can get on with the job of running the council for the people of Fife.

“We are ambitious for Fife and over the next five years we’re going to do everything we can to improve the quality of life for the people we’re here to represent. Today, as a Council, we agreed it’s critical to work together and I’ll do everything I can do to make sure all councillors can get involved.

“We want to lead a Council that is transparent and inclusive, putting people first.”

New Provost Leishman, said he was immensely proud to take on the role which involves acting as its civic head at ceremonial, formal and other important occasions and chairing the full Council meeting.

He said: “I’m so honoured to have been chosen for this role and will be proud to promote Fife. I’m a local boy and was lucky to have been given great opportunities as a child so I’m delighted to be part of the Council, trying to make sure others get an opportunity for a better life.”

Fears of a return to the days of the ‘Kirkcaldy Kremlin’ and ‘going back 20 years’ were expressed by Fife SNP leader and former leader of Fife Council, Councillor Peter Grant , he said: “It would be a travesty if Labour started imposing a single party dictatorship in Fife.”