RED Clydeside turned yellow and black yesterday as the SNP took charge at the country’s largest local authority.

Glasgow earned its nickname for its strong socialist politics and support for Labour.

Yesterday that party’s reign ended as the SNP became the minority administration at Glasgow City Council.

Councillor Susan Aitken was elected unopposed as leader of the local authority, which had been in Labour hands since 1980.

And, in an unprecedented move, Swedish-born councillor Eva Bolander was voted in as the city’s Lord Provost.

Bolander, who considers herself a “Swedish new Scot”, raised her family in Scotland and previously told The National of her fears in the wake of the EU referendum result.

Yesterday she became the first ever EU national to don the ceremonial chains of office as she was sworn in at the City Chambers, stepping into the role vacated by Labour’s Sadie Docherty when she stepped down prior to this month’s vote.

Aitken’s team will seek the backing of other parties on a vote-by-vote basis, with the executive committee including members of other parties on a proportional basis.

This will see 11 SNP members take roles, as well as eight Labour councillors, two Greens and two Tories.

Green councillor Martha Wardrop said: “For too long there has been a disconnect between the voters and those who held power in Glasgow City Council. Now, with an agreement won by the Greens, Glasgow City Chambers is set for the biggest radical democratic overhaul in a generation.

“It became clear during the council election that voters have become tired of one party dominating in Glasgow for so long.

“So, with that in mind, we’ve worked hard to reach a solution that ensures better, more representative decisions, prevents the SNP from repeating mistakes of previous administrations and acting as if they have a majority.”

Meanwhile, the SNP has also formed a minority administration in Renfrewshire after Labour, which had held control, decided forming an alliance “was not for them”.

New council leader Iain Nicolson said he remains committed to working constructively with political rivals.

In a statement, he said: “We recognise that the people of Renfrewshire have decided that no party should have overall control of the council this time round and as such we tried to engage with all of the political groupings and independents to come up with a consensus on representation within the council. Unfortunately, Labour wanted no part of this but my door is always open if they want to play their part in building a better Renfrewshire.”