by Henry McLeish in his role as first minister and commended his dignified
resignation from the post.
the interests of the Scottish parliament and the Scottish people ahead of
his own political career.
'He was a good friend of local government who, having been involved at the
highest level, had an excellent understanding of its workings.
'Cosla will continue to work with the Scottish executive and Mr McLeish's
successor as first minister to ensure that local government interests are to
* see LGCnetfor Mr McLeish's resignation statement.