LONG-SERVING representative Kenny Earle has been re-elected for the last time, as he plans to retire from politics at the end of term.

The Clacks South representative was re-elected at last Thursday's, May 5, election and will be one of five Labour councillors at Kilncraigs.

Asked by the Advertiser as the dust settled on the results, he said: “I'm ecstatic; this will be my fifth term of office, which will take me to 24 years as a councillor.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, but this will be my last term.

“By the time I get to the end of this term, I'll be 69-years-old and I think it's time I spend more time with my family.”

He thanked those who made the election possible as well as the Labour team, adding that he believes “this will be on the strongest groups political groups that I've worked with”.

While he is set to play the role of the opposition in the chamber, many spoke of the collaborative atmosphere that has seen much of the national politics put to the side in recent years around Clacks.

Speaking as the results were declared last week, Kenny told the Lornshill Academy count: “I've been involved in politics for a number of years and I feel that we now have the chance to work more cohesively and I believe that we should do for the good of the people of Clackmannanshire.”