Annandale North Councillor Graeme Tait has announced that he has joined the Labour Party and therefore became a member of the Labour group on Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Councillor Tait was first elected to the council in the Annandale North by-election in November 2012 as a Conservative member.
The Labour Group on the council is now up to 15 members while the Council’s administration now has 25 members.
I have decided to join the Labour Party because it has become increasingly clear that their policies and values better reflect my own.
It is clear that the Labour Party and the Labour Group of Councillors care about tackling the inequalities that exist and protecting the most vulnerable in our society and I share those principles with them.
“I have been hugely impressed by the way the new Labour led administration has run the council. The Council Leader has shown strong Leadership and put in place the clear direction the council has needed.
Dumfries and Galloway councillor Ted Brown has died after collapsing during a meeting.
It is with deep regret that Dumfries and Galloway Council announces that one of its most respected members, Labour Councillor Ted Brown has died today, after being taken ill at a Council meeting this morning.
– Dumfries and Galloway council spokesman
Annandale North councillor Mr Brown, from Lockerbie, was attending a meeting of the Council's Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee this morning when he was taken ill.
Councillor Brown was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary, where he later died.