Another councillor has stepped down from one of the major groups which rule a north-east local authority.
Banff and district Michael Roy has announced he is quitting the Conservative Group on Aberdeenshire Council and will join the independents.
Mr Roy has also resigned his position as vice-chairman on the council’s communities policy committee.
It comes just days after councillor Jim Gifford stepped down from the Conservatives, joining the administration’s independent group at the weekend.
Councillor Andy Kille is the new Conservative group leader in Aberdeenshire.
Mr Roy’s decision to quit the Conservatives and move to the independent group follows councillors Jeff Hutchison and Lesley Berry.
He said he remains committed to those living in his council ward and beyond.
Mr Roy said: “I have been involved with the Banff and District Community for over 50 years.
“During that time I have worked with and helped many community groups to deliver local projects which have made a difference to the locality
“It was because of my interest in the local community that I decided to seek election to Aberdeenshire council.
“At that time, local authority politics was spelt with a small p and generally decisions were made by consensus across the Council. It is my view that the recent changes within the group will put more emphasis on politics with a capital P, something I would not be comfortable with.
“I will continue to work in the interests of my Banff and district constituents and the greater population of Aberdeenshire.”
It is subject to approval of full council in November and Mr Kille will shadow Mr Gifford for the next five months.
Councillor Peter Argyle will remain deputy leader of the council.
The local authority’s administration is made up of Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors.