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FORMER ARGYLL AND BUTE LEADER RESIGNS POSITIONS TO CLEAR HIS NAME

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The former leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Dick Walsh, yesterday resigned as chairman of the council's policy an...
The former leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Dick Walsh, yesterday resigned as chairman of the council's policy and resources committee - before fellow councillors could oust him, reports The Herald (p9).

He also announced that he is quitting his chairmanship of the by-laws sub-committee and his post as a representative at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Seventeen councillors had called a special meeting to take the chairmanships and other appointments away from Mr Walsh. The meeting followed a rebuke from the local government ombudsman over his role in a planning dispute.

Mr Walsh said he was resigning to clear his name. His resignation is no admission of guilt to allegations of impropriety in a planning decision.
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