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Bailies to replace depute provost

(l to r) Colin O'Brien, Tony Finch, Fergus Wood, Ian Brown, Graham Lambie
The Bailies will take on the duties of Stirling's deputy provost

Councillors in Stirling have revived the role of Bailie after 33 years, appointing four to take on the duties of the city's deputy provost.

Representative from each of the four political parties will take the posts.

The move comes after a row in which the SNP's Fergus Wood was appointed provost to replace Labour's Margaret Brisley.

The former provost and deputy stood down in March following a motion of no confidence in the council's ruling Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition.

The role of deputy provost, most recently held by Cllr Gerard O'Brien, will disappear.

Those taking up the new posts will be a former provost, Labour's Colin O'Brien, Tony Finch from the Conservative group, Ian Brown of the Lib Dems and Graham Lambie from the SNP.

Provost Wood said that by having four Bailies, the council could be represented at more events.

He added: "By appointing four Bailies, one from each political grouping on the council, we are demonstrating that in civic affairs we are united as a council.

"Bailies will be selected for individual tasks based on their geographical location, city or rural, their individual expertise where relevant, and their availability."

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