Aberdeenshire councillor steps down to focus on MP role

An Aberdeenshire councillor has announced he will be stepping down to focus on his new role as an MP.

Colin Clark was elected as the MP for Gordon in the general election earlier this month.

The Conservative party member was re-elected as the councillor for the Inverurie and District Ward in May, having previously been elected to the position in November last year.

Mr Clark said: “I said during the election campaign that I would step down if I was successful in becoming an MP.

“Given the demands of the job including the requirement to be in London through the week, I do not feel that I can also commit the time required to fulfil the local councillor role.

“I have now resigned from my senior post as vice-chairman of business services and I am in discussions with my colleagues to agree a date to formally step down as ward councillor for Inverurie and District.

“I will be donating all of my councillor salary from June 8 onwards to charity.”