East Berwickshire councillor is vice president of national body

EAST Berwickshire councillor Michael Cook has been appointed vice president of the Scottish local councils organisation, COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities).

After his appointment was announced Councillor Cook said: “It is a privilege to be elected to the role of COSLA vice president.

“I am committed to representing both local government and, perhaps more importantly, the communities and people we serve.

“In doing so we must be inclusive in responding to the enormous challenges that lie ahead.”

Councillor Michael Cook, who has been COSLA’s human resources spokesman since 2007, said: “It is a privilege to be elected to the role of COSLA Vice President. I am committed to representing both local government and, perhaps more importantly, the communities and people we serve.”

Last year Councillor Cook was one of three Scottish councillors shortlisted for Local Government Politician of the year.

SBC leader Councillor David Parker has described Councillor Cook’s rise in the world of local government as “meteoric” and said of him: ““Michael is an exceptional politician.

“Basically he came into politics on the back of anti-cuts and when he joined the council he made a huge impression immediately.

“Five years in he became a huge figure on the national stage and in his role with COSLA he is regularly doing a range of different things. He is very accomplished and highly regarded universally across the political spectrum.

“He has made a massive contribution to Scottish Borders Council and is always fighting for Berwickshire and making sure people understand the Berwickshire dimension.”