Matheson steps down

Mr Matheson will leave public service.
Mr Matheson will leave public service.

Gordon Matheson, the former leader of Glasgow City Council, plans to quit the local authority and take up a new post with Strathclyde University.

Mr Matheson had been a councillor for 17 years — five of them as leader of the council.

In September of last year he was replaced as leader by Frank McAveety.

He goes on to become a visiting professor at the university, while a by-election will be confirmed.

Mr Matheson, who represented the Anderston/City ward said: “As a cities man, I am delighted to accept this prestigious appointment which comes at a perfect time for me.

“Having served as a city leader I am fortunate to be in a position to still contribute to the development of international cities in a non-political capacity.”