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Ross Thomson

North Lanarkshire Council Leader stays on as Labour chief after group vote

The Leader of North Lanarkshire Council has held on to his job after a rival’s bid to oust him was defeated.

Jim Logue only took charge of the new Labour administration in August last year but faced a leadership challenge today from fellow councillor Heather Brannan-McVey.

He won a ballot of Labour members by 19 votes to 12.

Councillor Logue said: “I am privileged to be elected to lead our group for the seventh year in succession.

“My thanks go to all group members who stood for election and to everyone who engaged in this contest.

“This has been a healthy debate for our group to have and I’m confident that we will emerge from today’s AGM stronger than ever with a refreshed leader team and group even more to deliver for the people of North Lanarkshire.

Murdostoun councillor Louise Roarty was elected deputy leader, replacing Paul Kelly, with Tom Fisher becoming the group’s new business manager.

Councillor Roarty added: “I’m delighted that the group have placed their trust in me to be their depute leader.

“I’m looking forward to working as part of a refreshed leadership team that continues to deliver for the people of North Lanarkshire.”

The local authority, one of the biggest in Scotland, was taken over by the SNP following council elections in May 2022.

But the Nationalists lost power last year after a scandal centred on their former leader, Jordan Linden.

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