The chairman of Moray Council’s audit and scrutiny committee has stepped down, citing health reasons.
Councillor Marc Macrae had been chairman of the committee since the SNP minority administration seized control of the council last summer.
The Conservative councillor – who was previously a member of the SNP – battled prostate cancer several years ago but after two surgeries was given the all-clear.
Yesterday, he confirmed he had stepped down as chairman of the committee on Friday.
He will be replaced temporarily by vice-chairman Donald Gatt.
Mr Macrae, who represents Fochabers and Lhanbryde, said: “I have stepped down to concentrate on my health as I am undergoing consultant-led treatment at the Oaks and through my own GP.”
A Moray Council spokeswoman said last night: “Councillor Marc Macrae stepped down from his role as chairman of audit and scrutiny on Friday March 29.
“Interim arrangements will see Councillor Donald Gatt (current vice-chairman) act as chairman until a replacement is appointed.”