A local councillor has quit his party and the ruling Aberdeenshire administration.
Sandy Wallace, who represents Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, resigned on Thursday from the Scottish Conservative group and is now an unaligned independent in the opposition.
In a statement published on social media, Mr Wallace said: “I have no faith in the Prime Minister (it turns out I am not alone) nor in the Leader or Deputy leader of Aberdeenshire Council.
“This has been true for over a year and can be put off no longer. There are important votes on the Council early in 2019 where I will be unable to support the Administration position, on parking charges, waste management, the Local Development Plan and of course the Council budget.
“My thanks, apologies and best wishes to my Conservative friends.”
Council leader Jim Gifford has responded, saying: “Sandy Wallace has resigned from the Conservative group, which is unfortunate, but we understand his reasons for doing that.
“We thank him for all he’s done for the party over the past 18 months and wish him well in the future.”
Following Mr Wallace’s decision, the Conservative group now have the same number of members on the council as the opposition SNP group.