A north-east politician has announced he will stand down as a councillor.
SNP MP for Gordon Richard Thomson has written to the chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council to tender his resignation as a councillor for the Ellon and District ward.
Mr Thomson said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to serve as a councillor for Ellon and District and as a member of Aberdeenshire Council. I’d like to thank everyone I’ve worked beside over that time who has made it such a worthwhile experience.”
Mr Thomson was appointed co-leader of the council in June 2015 at the head of a minority administration – a position he held until the 2017 local government elections. He said: “When I was first elected, it never occurred to me that I might end up leading the council just three years later.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to try to make the Ellon and District ward a better place to be and to be able to have helped so many people along the way.
He added: “Since 2017, I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed leading the opposition and helping a new group of councillors find their feet.”
He said the time was right to step back from the council and “concentrate 100% on being the MP for the Gordon constituency”.