A veteran councillor has told of his delight after being elected as Depute Lord Provost of Aberdeen.
Alan Donnelly was voted in at a meeting of the city council’s urgent business committee yesterday by seven votes to six.
The 62-year-old said: “It is with great pride that I accept the role of Depute Lord Provost.
“I consider this a real honour to represent the city of Aberdeen in this role 25 years after first being elected as a councillor. I have always enjoyed the civic side to being a councillor and have always taken an interest and helped the Provost when required.
“It is a role that I will take very seriously and I look forward to working alongside the Lord Provost over the coming months and years.”
The member for Torry and Ferryhill succeeds Tom Mason – who was recently sworn in as a North East Region MSP at Holyrood – who stepped down from the role in order to manage his time between his MSP and councillor duties.
A long-serving councillor in Aberdeen, Mr Donnelly has lived in the North-east since 1980, when he went to work at the St Fergus gas plant near Peterhead. He moved to Aberdeen in 1989 and was first elected 25 years ago, representing the former Duthie ward of Ferryhill.
However, Aberdeen’s Liberal Democrat councillors have said they “fear the worst” over the appointment.
Liberal Democrat group leader Ian Yuill said: “I was shocked when the Conservative-Labour-Independent coalition, which controls the council, proposed Councillor Donnelly for the position of Depute Lord Provost.
“We believe he is completely unsuited for this important civic position. His behaviour over recent years makes us fear the worst over his shock appointment.”
Stephen Flynn, SNP group leader, who was also against the appointment of Cllr Donnelly, said: “I do not believe that Alan Donnelly is a fit and proper person to hold the role of Depute Provost.
“I do not say that because I think that he is a bad person but because I think his politics are not compatible with the civic responsibilities of the role.”
Cllr Donnelly defeated SNP candidate Bill Cormie 7-6 at the meeting yesterday.