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Exclusive: Councillors accuse officials at Highland Council of a 'co-ordinated effort' to undermine scrutiny after being cleared of any wrongdoing by the Ethical Standards Commissioner


By Scott Maclennan

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Outspoken critic of the local authority Cllr Andrew Jarvie feels he was targeted by officials.
Outspoken critic of the local authority Cllr Andrew Jarvie feels he was targeted by officials.

TWO councillors cleared of wrongdoing by a national watchdog have accused officials at Highland Council who referred them for investigation of mounting “a co-ordinated effort” against criticism.

Conservatives Andrew Jarvie (Inverness South) and Struan Mackie (Thurso and Northwest Caithness) were referred to the Ethical Standards Commissioner over remarks related to a pay-off package granted to a former council director last year.

The council complained that Cllr Jarvie had made an “inaccurate and misleading” statement about the pay-off, presenting it in a “misleading and provocative manner” as well as naming the director in public.

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