Published: 10/05/2017 13:59 - Updated: 10/05/2017 14:03

Elgin councillor out after five days in the job

Sandy Cooper
Sandy Cooper

A Moray councillor elected last week has stood down.

The Northern Scot understands that Sandy Cooper has handed in his resignation after five days in the job.

It is expected to cost Moray Council around £25,000 to hold a by-election to fill the vacated seat.

Mr Cooper, who stood as an independent in Elgin North, had pledged to donate £1000 per year to each of the five schools in the ward from his councillor salary of over £16,800.

Concerns were raised that the promise made by Mr Cooper was tantamount to bribery.

An official complaint was filed against him by Stuart MacLennan, the agent for Nick Taylor the Labour Party's candidate in Elgin North, accusing the 72-year-old of lying in his election leaflets.

Mr Cooper said he had never been a member of a political party, although he stood for the Conservatives twice in the mid 1990s.

It brings the number of councillors down to 25 – nine SNP, eight Conservatives, seven Independents and one Labour member.

Mr Cooper was not available for comment.

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