Published: Thursday, 7th December 2017
Galashiels Councillor Harry Scott has left the ruling Administration of Scottish Borders Council, following a meeting at Newtown St Boswells.
Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader of the Council, met with Councillor Scott and agreed that, due to irreconcilable differences with regards to policy and direction, Councillor Scott could not remain a member of the Administration.
“For many years Councillor Scott has been a strong and vocal advocate for the residents of Galashiels and I greatly respect that.
“I have always encouraged members of the Administration to give their views on issues and it is right and proper that we hear all of those views. But, at the end of the day, we all have to be working towards the same goal.
“While Councillor Scott has always taken a strong and principled line, in the six months since the election, it has become clear to us both that we wish to move in different directions.
“As a result, Councillor Scott and I have agreed that he would be best placed to do this outwith the Administration.”