Councillor Gwyneth Petrie has been appointed leader of the SNP group at Aberdeenshire Council.
Gwyneth succeeds Richard Thomson who was elected as an MP at the general election and will be standing down as a local councillor.
Speaking of the appointment Gillian Martin MSP said
I am absolutely delighted that Gwyneth has been appointed as the leader of the opposition at Aberdeenshire Council.
I’ve known and worked with Gwyneth for many years and she is somebody who understands the challenges and numerous opportunities we have locally, and can lead the SNP group with drive to deliver on our shared goals of progressiveness and fairness. I have no doubt that she will be an excellent leader when the time comes for the SNP to take back the administration of Aberdeenshire Council.
I care enormously about the empowerment of women in politics and so I am particularly pleased to see a young mum with skills, knowledge and expertise being promoted to the role, and decisively commanding the confidence of her colleagues.
I wish Gwyneth all the best as she takes on the role of leader of the opposition and offer my full support to her and her team.