The long-serving leader of the Western Isles Council SNP group has chosen to stand down.
Donald Manford will continue as councillor for the Barra, Vatersay, Eriskay and South Uist but will hand over the party reins to Stornoway North member Gordon Murray.
Mr Manford has led the group for the last decade.
Mr Manford said: “Working closely with colleagues and guiding the group over the past decade has been a huge privilege.
“I will now be concentrating all my efforts on ensuring that the Comhairle focuses more effort on tackling the huge issues of disparity and opportunity facing the southern isles in particular.” Mr Murray: “I am honoured to have been elected by the group to replace Donald.
“He has been at the heart of our growth at the Comhairle and in presenting a real vision for change as set out in our published manifesto. Donald is the voice of calm and intelligent commentary in the Chamber.
“The group has benefited enormously from his advice, leadership and experience. I am delighted that he will still be there to support me as I take on my new role as group leader.”
Alasdair Allan MSP and Angus MacNeil MP, boith SNP members, also paid tribute to Mr Manford’s record.