Monday, 14 May 2012
Cllr Graeme Hendry looks forward to twin challenges
At this evening’s Glasgow SNP council group Annual General Meeting (Monday 14th May 2012) a new team was elected to lead the SNP in Glasgow City Council. Following the local government election earlier this month, where the SNP Group increased to 27 of Glasgow’s 79 councillors on an increased share of the vote, all positions were open for nominations.
Speaking after the AGM, new Leader of the Opposition Councillor Graeme Hendry said: “I would like to thank my fellow councillors for placing their faith in me and in the rest of the leadership team. Our work begins now to put in place a team of spokespeople from this talented group which will continue to hold Labour to account and start the process of developing ideas that will help this great city.
Councillor Graeme Hendry was elected as SNP Leader of the Opposition, while Councillor Billy McAllister was re-elected as Deputy Leader. Councillor David McDonald has been elected as Business Manager.
“Our positive vision for Glasgow saw our group increase to 27 councillors – more than one third of the total. Just a few years ago the SNP had one member out of 79, but we have continued to grow and will look to build on this solid foundation as we move forward.
“We were the only major Party to see our number of first preference votes grow in Glasgow, though we recognise that there is much for all Parties to do in building links with the people of our great city. I am looking forward to the twin challenges of holding Labour to account on their uncosted manifesto and ensuring the Council connects better with the people of Glasgow.”
Following her decision to stand down as Group Leader, Councillor Allison Hunter congratulated new Leader of the Opposition Councillor Graeme Hendry: “Graeme will make a formidable leader for the SNP in Glasgow. With his years of Council experience behind him and a vibrant and talented group of councillors to lead, I am sure that he will be a great asset to Glasgow and the SNP in this role.”
The new Glasgow SNP Team elected this evening is as follows:
Leader of the Opposition: Cllr Graeme Hendry
Deputy Leader of the Opposition: Cllr Billy McAllister
SNP Business Manager: Cllr David McDonald
SNP Deputy Business Manager/Group Whip: Cllr Allison Hunter