Today [Thurs 12th] Highland Council Lib Dems announced the appointment of a new leader, Cllr Alasdair Christie.
Cllr Christie will succeed Cllr David Alston, who has led the group since 2012.
Alasdair said: “It’s a huge honour to follow David as leader of the Highland Lib Dem council group.
“David’s record speaks for itself. As Deputy Leader of the Council, and Finance chair before that, David’s contribution to our region can’t be understated.
“I want to build on that. The Council and our Highland communities face new challenges to deliver the services that we all want and deserve. I will be working to ensure we have a council that is fit to meet those challenges head on.
“On the near horizon we have to work to make sure the Council’s finances are in order, and deliver the best budget for the Highlands.”
Cllr Alston comments: “I made the decision to stand down almost two months ago and asked the group to choose a new leader. That process was completed today and I am delighted to see Alasdair take up this position.
“I had already decided that I would not stand for re-election as a councillor in 2017 and wanted a new leader in place to take us into the next round of parliamentary and local government elections.
“By 2017 I will have been councillor for 18 years. I am proud of what has been achieved by the Lib Dem group in that time and of my role in managing Council budgets in difficult times for local government. But there are other things I want to do in the future, including devoting more time to my historical research.”