Councillor steps down for personal reasons

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Lomond North councillor Barbara Morgan has resigned from Argyll and Bute Council, the authority has confirmed.

The Kilcreggan resident, who was elected as a Conservative councillor in 2017, has stood down for personal reasons.

She had been chairperson of the council’s Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee since October 2020, following the death of Helensburgh and Lomond South councillor Ellen Morton.

Ms Morgan was also a member of the council’s community services committee, and had been present at a virtual meeting of the full council on Thursday September 30.

The council will hold a by-election on Thursday December 16 to elect one councillor to replace Ms Morgan in the Lomond North ward ahead of the scheduled local elections on May 5 2022.

The newly elected representative will join the ward’s two remaining councillors – George Freeman and Iain S Paterson – until then.

A spokesperson for the council said: ‘Councillor Barbara Morgan has resigned from the council, for personal reasons, with immediate effect.

‘In line with procedure, we are making arrangements for her resignation and next steps to be reported to the next ordinary meeting of full council.’

Ms Morgan’s Conservative Party colleague, Helensburgh and Lomond South councillor David Kinniburgh, Argyll and Bute Council’s Provost, spoke warmly of the contribution she made during her four years in office.

He said: ‘I was sorry to hear of the resignation of Councillor Barbara Morgan from the council and I am sure Barbara will be missed by many of the constituents she has represented since her election in May 2017.

‘For the past year Barbara has also been the chair of the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee, a role she has carried out in a dignified manner with impartiality and fairness to all involved.

‘I would also take this opportunity to thank Barbara for her commitment to the council over the years and I wish her all the very best for the future.’

Lomond North Independent councillor George Freeman also paid tribute to his fellow ward councillor.

Admitting that Ms Morgan’s decision had not come as a surprise, Councillor Freeman added: ‘Although we are told that her decision was for personal reasons, given that it was taken before the horrendous attack on Sir David Amess MP, it does not appear to be based on the safety of elected politicians which is a major topic of discussion at this time.

‘I would hope that Councillor Morgan is in good health and would wish her well for the future.’