Peterhead South councillor is rushed to hospital

Peterhead South and Cruden councillor Stephen Smith recovered from the incident at home
Peterhead South and Cruden councillor Stephen Smith recovered from the incident at home

Peterhead South and Cruden councillor Stephen Smith was taken to hospital last week after falling ill at a meeting in Aberdeen.

Councillor Smith collapsed at a full Aberdeenshire Council meeting at Woodhill House on Thursday, September 25, and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

It is believed that Mr Smith was conscious and able to speak to the paramedics who rushed to his aid.

The Buchanie understands that he was discharged from hospital on the same day and recovered at home.

There is no comment from his family.

A spokesperson at Aberdeenshire Council said: “I can confirm that councillor Stephen Smith collapsed and that an ambulance was called.”

Earlier in the meeting, council members had observed a moment’s silence in memory of Troup councillor John Duncan.

Councillor Smith, who is married to Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford, was elected to represent the Scottish National Party for Peterhead South and Cruden in 2007 and was re-elected in 2012.

Mr Smith began his political career in 1996 when he worked at SNP leader Alex Salmond’s constituency office at Maiden Street, Peterhead.

He spent some time as the office manager while he was there.

His wife, Dr Whiteford, currently holds the Banff and Buchan seat at Westminster which was once held by Mr Salmond.