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'ABUSIVE' HIGHLAND COUNCILLOR IS SUSPENDED

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The Scottish National Party has suspended a councillor from Highland Council for a year after he made outspoken com...
The Scottish National Party has suspended a councillor from Highland Council for a year after he made outspoken comments about colleagues. The Scotsman (p10) reveals that the punishment was agreed at a party national executive meeting last week and follows a long-running conflict between Douglas Briggs and the SNP hierarchy.

The party's chief executive Mike Russell told Briggs that the suspension followed his persistent attacks 'in public, in council and in the press upon the SNP group and its decisions ... such attacks having been contrary to SNP policy ... you have thus engaged in conduct inimical to the interest of the SNP'.

Briggs told the Scotsman that he was not surprised by the decision: 'I have no plans to either appeal the NEC decision or to rejoin the party under its present leadership when the suspension ends.' In the past, he has criticised the 'endemic cronyism which characterises much of Highland politics'. He has also attacked some of his colleagues as being too eager to work the system, claiming that they were interested in 'personal ambition and advancement'.
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