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Caithness councillor quits ahead of court appearance

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Alex MacLeod has resigned as Landward Caithness councillor.
Alex MacLeod has resigned as Landward Caithness councillor.

A CAITHNESS councillor – who is set to appear in court next month in connection with alleged election expenses fraud – has stepped down from his role.

Alex MacLeod, who became the youngest ever Highland Councillor at the age of 19 and previously worked for First Minister Alex Salmond, is scheduled to attend Inverness Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 10.

The 21-year-old, who was elected to represent the Landward Caithness ward as an SNP councillor in May 2012, has been the subject of an investigation into his campaign expenses in the run-up to his election victory.

Mr MacLeod informed the council’s chief executive Steve Barron today that he intended to resign.

Speaking about his resignation, he said: “I have received notice of a charge of electoral misconduct, and I intend to step aside from my council role so that I can work with my solicitor to reach an acceptable solution.

“I need to be honest about any mistakes that I have made, and face the consequences of my actions.”

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Caithness Courier.

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