Stage set for vet­eran coun­cil­lor to take over as lord provost

Coun­Cil: First meet­ing since local gov­ern­ment elec­tions takes place on Mon­day

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­FAN MORKIS smorkis@the­

The vet­eran Dundee coun­cil­lor Ian Borth­wick of­fi­cially be­comes the city’s lat­est lord provost on Mon­day.

The 78-year-old will re­ceive his chain of of­fice dur­ing the statu­tory meet­ing of Dundee City Coun­cil, which will also see the ap­point­ment of con­ven­ers and deputy con­ven­ers of the local au­thor­ity’s stand­ing com­mit­tees.

John Alexan­der, as leader of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, will au­to­mat­i­cally be named as con­vener of the pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee.

Kevin Keenan, head of the Labour group on the coun­cil, will be con­vener of the scru­tiny com­mit­tee as his party, with nine coun­cil­lors, is the ma­jor op­po­si­tion group.

Mon­day’s meet­ing will be the first to take place since the local gov­ern­ment elec­tions on May 4.

The SNP won 15 seats and re­main the largest sin­gle group on the coun­cil.

How­ever, af­ter los­ing two seats – in the Ferry and the West End – the party lost their over­all ma­jor­ity.

This led them to strike a coalition deal with the In­de­pen­dent Strath­mar­tine coun­cil­lor Ian Borth­wick, which will see him be­come the new lord provost.

As leader of the coun­cil, Mr Alexan­der re­ceives a salary of £33,857 while Mr Borth­wick re­ceives a salary of £25,392.

Com­mit­tee con­ven­ers will re­ceive £22,483 a year; de­putes get £19,043.

Bob Dun­can, Dundee’s pre­vi­ous lord provost, stood down at the elec­tion.

Mr Dun­can said: “I am sure Ian will do an ex­cel­lent job as lord provost.

“My per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence was that it was a won­der­ful priv­i­lege. It was a fan­tas­tic hon­our to be lord provost of such a fan­tas­tic city.

“I re­ally en­joyed the whole ex­pe­ri­ence but five years was enough.”

Six long-serv­ing coun­cil­lors are also set to be ap­pointed bailies to as­sist the lord provost with civic du­ties and events.

They are He­len Wright, who has been a coun­cil­lor for 37 years, Derek Scott (27 years), Wil­lie Saw­ers (25 years), Kevin Keenan (16 years), Fraser Macpher­son (16 years) and Christina Roberts (14 years).

Each com­mit­tee, bar the scru­tiny and li­cens­ing com­mit­tees, will com­prise all 29 city coun­cil­lors.

The li­cens­ing com­mit­tee will have eight mem­bers plus another eight trained sub­sti­tutes.

It is also pro­posed the scru­tiny com­mit­tee will have eight mem­bers.

Above: ad­min­is­tra­tion leader John Alexan­der. Right, clock­wise from top left: Christina Roberts, Kevin Keenan, Derek Scott, Fraser Macpher­son, Wil­lie Saw­ers and He­len Wright.

Vet­eran Dundee coun­cil­lor Ian Borth­wick of­fi­cially be­comes the city’s lord provost on Mon­day.

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