New start for Glasgow SNP

AFTER a poor campaign, councillor Alison Hunter has been replaced as SNP group leader in Glasgow.

Councillor Graeme Hendry has stepped into the breach and will now head a group of 27 SNP councillors in the city chambers.

Mr Hendry said: “I would like to thank my fellow councillors for placing their faith in me and in the rest of the leadership team.

“Our work begins now to put in place a team of spokespeople from this talented group which will continue to hold Labour to account and start the process of developing ideas that will help this great city.

“Our positive vision for Glasgow saw our group increase to 27 councillors — more than one third of the total. Just a few years ago the SNP had one member out of 79, but we have continued to grow and will look to build on this solid foundation as we move forward.

 “We were the only major party to see our number of first preference votes grow in Glasgow.

“I am looking forward to the twin challenges of holding Labour to account on their uncosted manifesto and ensuring the council connects better with the people of Glasgow”.

Alison Hunter was called to account for a number of issues during the campaign trail, including an admittance that she saw the council elections as a “stepping stone” to independence.

Leader of Glasgow city council Gordon Matheson described this statement as: “Treating people in Glasgow with contempt”.

He continued: “If the SNP think the local elections are a stepping-stone to the referendum, I have a message for them. Nobody steps on Glasgow”.

Following her decision to stand down as group leader, councillor Alison Hunter congratulated the new leader of the opposition team.

She added: “Graeme will make a formidable leader for the SNP in Glasgow. With his years of council experience behind him and a vibrant and talented group of councillors to lead, I am sure that he will be a great asset to Glasgow and the SNP in this role.”

Alongside the Garscadden and Scotstounhill man, councillor Billy McAllister was re-elected as deputy leader and councillor David McDonald was elected as business manager at Monday’s Glasgow SNP council group annual general meeting.