Ayrshire council leader quits over health

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THE leader of South Ayrshire Council resigned suddenly yesterday, plunging the local authority's political balance into uncertainty.

Andy Hill blamed pressure of work and health considerations for his decision to stand down. Labour has no overall majority on the council, where at the last election 15 Labour councillors and 15 Tories were returned.

Mr Hill, 68, has been leader for five years and his decision to stand down had immediate effect. Arrangements for a by-election in the North Carrick ward will be considered within days.

Mr Hill said: "The major responsibilities which I have carried as leader of the council, the hours of duty, and the considerable travelling associated with my representing the council on external organisations and bodies, have combined to put a tremendous pressure on my health."

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