Change of leadership at Argyll First

When the three-man Argyll First group of councillors came together, they acted as one, with no formal leader, taking decisions collectively.

As Argyll and Bute Council entered what became a widely known and continuing chaotic period, it became necessary for the group to have one person who could negotiate on its behalf and speak for it.

Its first leader then became the popular and conscientious Councillor Dougie Philand from Mid Argyll.

The group had agreed at the outset that they would change leaders periodically and their first changeover has now taken place, with Councillor Donald Kelly from South Kintyre taking over from Councillor Philand.

Since May 2012, Argyll First has been a consenting part of a series of four administrations. The first three of these were SNP-led coalitions. The current one is led, again, by Councillor Dick Walsh of the Alliance of Independent Councillors, now representing the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance – an unlikely compendium, to say the least.

It is a marriage of mutual convenience between the Alliance of Independents, whose deadweight percentage is high; Argyll First; some renegade SNP members who still apparently remain members of the party [whose own rump of 8 councillors forms the sole opposition to a 28-strong administration]; and a few stray independents. Got that? Hardly straightforward but this is Argyll and Bute.

Argyll and Bute for Change is in power with the Argyll, Lomond and the Isles group, numerically the larger of the two partners but in an administration which, nevertheless, is led, for the time being anyway, by Councillor Walsh.

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  • Having stood under the Scottish Conservative & Unionist banner , strange behaviour by Councillor Donald Kelly

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    Islay for ever January 3, 2014 7:06 pm Reply
  • The goings on in this council are ridiculous and bring local politics into disrepute at every level.

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    JAM January 4, 2014 12:08 am Reply
  • To jam, said from a person who obviously knows us so well

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    Councillor Dougie philand January 4, 2014 9:15 am Reply
    • You would be surprised just how much I know……it’s not always what you know but who you know!

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      JAM January 5, 2014 7:09 pm Reply
  • Argyll First are a sad joke.
    Donald Kelly was always in charge, no compromise. Donald Kelly took a senior salary for months despite resigning from Roddy McCuish’s administration. John MacAlpine pockets his NHS Board salary but admits he doesn’t understand what is going on. Dougie Philand nice but dim holding on to be Provost from the failing Len Scoullar. Argyll First campaigned for councillors to run the council but weren’t up to it themselves. They are letting council officers decide the budget service cuts. They will bring back the hated Executive Committee. They brought back Dick Walsh as leader.
    They are Dick’s – bought and sold.

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    Anne January 4, 2014 10:23 am Reply
  • LOL – Argyll First make the SNP look good.
    Made a nice comment just for the SNP trolls.

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    NoCheeseHere January 4, 2014 1:50 pm Reply

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