The Conservatives and Independent Alliance have agreed a coalition deal to run Scottish Borders Council.
The proposed administration was agreed today following last week's election that saw the Tories increase their number of seats from 10 to 15.
Subject to approval by full council next Thursday, the coalition could run the authority for the next five years.
The partnership agreement means that Scottish Borders Council will have a Conservative Leader in Shona Haslam, a newly elected member for Tweeddale East.
Councillor Ballantyne, the Conservative Group Leader, is moving to take up her position as List MSP in Holyrood over the coming weeks but until that time Councillor Ballantyne will provide support and guidance to the new leader to ensure that she is able to transition into the post effectively.