City's SNP group elects female leader

The SNP group on Glasgow City Council has elected a new leader.

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Susan Aitken, councillor for Langside, will replace Graeme Hendry as head of the Nationalist opposition grouping.

The 42-year-old, who lives in the city's Queen's Park area, is a graduate of Strathclyde University and Glasgow University.

She has been the group's lead councillor on social work issues for the past two years.

Following her election, Ms Aitken said: "I am hugely honoured to have been chosen by my colleagues as the new leader of the opposition.

"I am focused on working collectively with my fellow SNP councillors - and those of other parties - to achieve the very best for the people of Glasgow."

Councillor Hendry announced he was quitting as opposition leader earlier this month, citing family reasons.

Yesterday, Mr Hendry said: "With her years of experience behind her and a vibrant and talented group of councillors to lead, I am sure that Susan will be a great asset to Glasgow and the SNP in this role."

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