New Labour/SNP coalition for Dumfries and Galloway Council

The leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council has quit amid ructions within his party over the last week.

The authority will now be administered by a Labour/SNP coalition after Ivor Hyslop followed seven members out the door, and Labour leader Ronnie Nicholson will take his place.

At a meeting in Dumfries today (Tuesday), councillor Hyslop, who has held the position for six years, said the seven members who “ripped the group apart” had failed to challenge his leadership.

He said following the crunch meeting: “It has been a huge privilege to lead this council for six years. The support of collegues today in the chamber is very much appreciated. I always said I would serve as leader of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Conservative and Unionist Group and indeed the council unless asked otherwise, at no time have the seven who have ripped our group apart challenged that, or had the courage to face me. Their cowardice and lack of moral fibre will be remembered by all for many years to come.”

The SNP’s Brian Collins will continue as deputy leader.