New provost for Argyll and Bute

David Kinniburgh, Argyll and Bute's new provost.

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Argyll and Bute’s new provost has assured councillors and communities of his commitment to the post, which he described as ‘a privilege’.

David Kinniburgh, Helensburgh and Lomond South Conservative councillor, was voted in at a full council meeting on Thursday November 26.

The post became vacant following the death on November 15 of Isle of Bute councillor Len Scoullar, who had served as provost since 2013.

Councillor Kinniburgh said: ‘It is an absolute honour to be elected as provost, although it comes in such sad circumstances following the passing of my friend and colleague Len Scoullar.’

He also paid tribute to Depute Provost Roddy McCuish, who has chaired full council meetings since lockdown was imposed in March.

He said: ‘Councillor McCuish has chaired meetings over the past few months and his approach has played a big part in keeping our business running smoothly.

‘Thank you for all your support. It is a privilege to be elected as provost and I can assure you and our communities of my commitment to this important role.’