New council leadership

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Councillor James Robb

JAMES Robb has been confirmed as the new leader of Argyll and Bute Council following Oban councillor, Roddy McCuish’s resignation from the post ahead of the council’s budget presentation.

Cllr McCuish has taken over the role of deputy leader in a move which saw John Semple leave the post.

New leader, James Robb said: ‘Roddy and John have done a great job and I am delighted they will both continue to play an active role in the future. It is an honour and a privilege to accept the role of council leader and I am committed to doing the very best for the people of Argyll and Bute in these difficult times.’

Depute leader, Roddy McCuish added: ‘Councillor Robb and I work very well together and I am looking forward to stepping into my new role so I can continue to play my part in building a better Argyll and Bute for everyone.’

Cllr Robb will remain lead councillor for finance while councillor McCuish becomes lead councillor for European affairs.

Councillor Semple will remain as lead councillor for environment, development and infrastructure.

For more from today’s meeting see The Oban Times on February 21, 2013 or online from the same date.