Aberdeen Labour councillor Len Ironside standing down
A long-serving former Aberdeen City Council leader has announced he is stepping down from the local authority after 35 years as a councillor.
He will stand down at next year's council elections.
Mr Ironside said it was time for someone new.
'Done my best'
He told BBC Scotland: "It's been a huge part of my life and I have enjoyed it, even the difficult bits - it's been a battle sometimes.
"I respect what the public say and I think I have done my best to serve the public of Aberdeen.
"But now it's time to move on and some new people to take on the challenge."