AMONG a shake up across the city, one of the most prominent surprise losses was the SNP's Mhairi Hunter.

Mhairi, who has served two terms in the Southside Central ward, is known as being

Nicola Sturgeon's right hand woman and a prominent figure in the party.

She lost her seat to new councillor Elaine Gallagher of the Scottish Greens.

But she said she would still be active in the area - and is proud of the work she leaves behind.

Mhairi said: "I think we've done a huge amount of work, particularly the work in Govanhill, and I want to see that continue.

"I think we've got to a pretty good place in terms of involving the community, the community council is really involved working closely with cleansing and there are a lot of things on the back burner that it will be for somebody else to take forward now.

"I have really loved my time with the Integration Joint Board and I'm really proud of what we've done in the past five years.

"Again, there's a lot coming up now that will lead to the National Care Service and I'm really going to miss being involved in that.

"But they are a great team of people and I know they will do well - nobody is indispensable.

"I've had a great time and I think I have been able to contribute over the past 10 years but that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

"It's how this election system works but I will go on to other things and I will still be involved in the community and community activities, just not as a councillor."

Mhairi had some advice for the new candidate in the Southside ward, particularly for Govanhill.

She added: "I think the key to being a councillor in any context but particularly in Govanhill is about collaboration, it's about partnership, the council is never going to be able to fix things itself.

"You as a councillor are never going to be able to fix things yourself.

"You've got to work with all the organisations in the community. 

"That's how you get results, that's how to make progress - involve people in making decisions which affect them."