Council leadership talks under way with decision expected by Christmas

Moray Council

Initial discussions have already taken place between members of the Tory and Independent Council administration over a new leader.

With the current leader of Moray Council, Allan Wright, set to quit at the end of December it is understood that members of the administration met this week for initial discussions on a replacement.

However, there were no clues being given on who might take over from Councillor Wright, who will remain at the council as part of the ruling administration representing the Heldon & Laich ward.

One of the newest members of the administration group, Buckie councillor Gordon Cowie who was elected at a by-election in January this year, has confirmed talks have taken place but “there is nothing to report yet”.

However, Councillor Cowie did confirm that there were plans to select a new leader before Christmas.

Speaking to the Press and Journal one of the three Tory members on the administration, Councillor Douglas Ross, said: “It think in terms of the discussions we had when we first introduced the coalition, it was clear that Councillor Wright was most suited to take the role given his previous experience as deputy convener.

“It was not deemed to be a Conservative position and there is no reason why it should continue to be a Conservative councillor.”

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