The leader of Edinburgh City Council is to step down months earlier than planned to give the Labour group more time to put a successor in place.
Donald Anderson hopes to become an MSP
Donald Anderson had already announced he would not be standing for election as a councillor again, but he now intends to leave office this summer.
The 43-year-old has said he intends to fight Holyrood's Edinburgh South seat at the 2007 election.
Liberal Democrat Mike Pringle took the seat from Labour at the last election.