Councillor James Robb, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council. has sent this statement to all local media, on the resignation this morning from the SNP group and therefore from the coalition administration which is led by Councillor Robb.
‘It was with regret I accepted the resignation of Councillor Michael Breslin from the Administration and from his position as Lead Councillor for Education and Life Long Learning.
‘I have expressed my hope to Michael that in the future we can find other ways to work together on matters of common interest and for the benefit of all the people of Argyll & Bute.
However, it is important that the business of the Council continues as normal.
‘Councillor Richard Trail will assume the responsibilities for Education and Life Long Learning. Richard is Depute Lead Councillor for Education and I have every confidence that Richard will step-up to the challenges of this important brief.’
It is to Councilor Robb’s credit and is evidence of his political maturity that he is dealing with this matter calmly and in such a non-inflammatory way.
He has also wisely chosen to ignore the attacks upon himself in the communication Councillor Breslin has sent to his colleagues to mark his leaving.
Councillor Trail is a former college lecturer and brings to his new post the advantage of having worked as a teacher. Councillor Breslin was not an educationalist but, with a useful background at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a manager of an education provider.