Ron Simon earlier today lost the Argyll and Bute Council seat for Cowal which he had held for the SNP.
He has just issued the following personal statement.
‘Whilst I am disappointed that I will no longer have the privilege of representing the people of Cowal on the Council, I would like to express my sincere best wishes to all those who have been elected.
‘I am particularly pleased to see so many SNP Councillors elected across Argyll and Bute specifically my running mate and colleague, Gordon Blair, who I am sure will offer excellent representation for the Cowal Ward.
‘The past 5 years has been extremely hard work but by the same token has been equally rewarding, I can look back with some satisfaction at many of the successes there have been in helping so many people resolve a whole variety of issues and problems.
‘I have met and worked with lots of good and able people across the area and hope our paths will cross again soon.
‘At a strategic level there is still much to be done to make Argyll and Bute all that it can be.
‘I hope that the new council can prove to be progressive, dynamic and effective in its work and that the SNP group can lead on that.
‘Whatever the future shape of the Council, it is incumbent on all its elected members to recognise that “more of the same” will simply not be good enough.
‘Managing decline has to end. It is time for a new approach that can positively influence our future.
‘I know that the SNP group has the vision and ability to deliver this and I sincerely hope they can, along with like minded people, work closely together and make that vision a reality.
‘In order to help make that happen I will be out from tomorrow (Saturday) campaigning for Mike Breslin, the SNP candidate in Dunoon.’