Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead and MP Angus Robertson have congratulated Keith and Cullen Councillor Gary Coull, who has taken over from Pearl Paul as the Opposition SNP Group Leader in The Moray Council.

Mr Lochhead and Mr Robertson have also commended the efforts of Cllr Paul who has led the group for over 12 years starting with a group of 3 councillors and handing on the reigns with a group of 11.

Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Gary has been a huge great asset to the Council Group since being elected as Moray’s youngest councillor in 2007.  He has worked incredibly hard for Keith and Cullen over the last 8 years and I have no doubt that he is the right person to lead the SNP Group as we look forward to the next council elections in 2017.  

“Gary will no doubt have learned so much from Pearl, who is incredibly popular in her ward and remains an absolute champion for communities in Speyside.

“Pearl can be very proud of her record as leader and how she has transformed the fortunes of the SNP in Moray since taking over in 2003, including overseeing two spectacular by-election victories in the last year.”

Angus Robertson MP said:

“I congratulate Councillor Coull on taking up the role of Leader of the SNP Group in Moray Council. He is leading a council group with strength in depth who have a strong record of backing Moray’s communities on issues such as Libraries and Rural Schools. The experience he has personally gained will stand him in very good stead.

“I also thank Pearl Paul for the tremendous commitment she has given to both her community and to the SNP over many years and which she is continuing to do as a ward councillor. She has taken the SNP Group from just 3 in 2003 to the 11 councillors now and she can be very proud of her record in office.

“It is an exciting time in Moray and Scotland and it is not without it’s challenges given the austerity agenda from Westminster but Gary is leading a great team of councillors working hard for Moray.”