Bit of a serious shock tonight - Ewan has announced he's taken a fairly senior post with the Church of Scotland ... at their George Street Head Office ... and will be standing down as Edinburgh Labour Group Leader (but not as a local Councillor).
Its clearly been a very personal decision - and I have to say congratulations and the very best of luck to him in the new post.
Politically, for me, its a real pity ... despite the undeniable travails of Labour at Holyrood and Westminster, I think most people would acknowledge that we've adjusted 'comparatively' well to Opposition in the City Chambers and are doing a reasonably decent job at what we're supposed to do - holding those in power to account for their actions (or in-actions!).
That success has been in no-small-part down to Ewan's ability to keep us all on an even-keel through some undoubtedly, turbulent political times.
He'll be a hard act to follow ...