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DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN MISS X CASE RESIGNS

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Statement from Scottish Borders Council chief executive David Hume: ...
Statement from Scottish Borders Council chief executive David Hume:

'The director of lifelong care, Colin Johnson, has indicated to the chief executive his desire to resign from the service of the council. There are a number of matters that are currently being discussed between representatives of the council and Mr Johnson's representative.

'Once these matters have been resolved the chief executive will present Mr Johnson's intention to resign to the council and it is expected that a further statement will be issued in due course.'

* Background story from LGC: BULLYING BLAMED FOR BORDERS' BLUNDERS

Press release from the Scottish National Party follows:

JOHNSON MUST STAY TO FACE THE MUSIC - GRAHAME

SNP MSP for the Borders Christine Grahame has demanded that instead of running away from the findings of the inquiry he must stay to face the music.

Ms Grahame said:

'It is totally unacceptable that the person who has been in charge of social

work in the Borders throughout the Miss X case is being allowed to leave his

post before the report has even been published.

'Instead of allowing Colin Johnson to run away from the report's findings he

must be forced to stay until the inspectorate's account is published and

face the music in the same way as Les McKeown did at Edinburgh Council.

'Borders Council has already received vast criticism over the handling of

the Miss X Case and perhaps now is the time to do the right thing and ensure

that Colin Johnson remains in his post until this investigation is over.'

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