Leader stands down after 10 years
COMHAIRLE nan Eilean Siar (CnES) SNP group has appointed a new group leader after councillor Donald Manford stepped down from the role after ten years.
Stornoway North councillor Gordon Murray will take over from councillor Manford.
Councillor Manford will continue as the local member for Barra, Vatersay, Eriskay and South Uist.
Councillor Donald Manford commented: ‘After 10 years as the SNP Group Leader on CnES, the time is right for me to hand over the reins to someone else. I will now be concentrating all my efforts on ensuring the comhairle focuses more effort on tackling disparity facing the southern isles in particular.’
Councillor Gordon Murray said he is honoured to have been elected.
‘Donald is the voice of calm and intelligent commentary in the chamber. The group has benefited enormously from his advice, leadership and experience.
‘I am delighted he will still be there to support me as I take on my new role as group leader.’
Gordon Murray and Donald Manford.