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Inverness South Liberal Democrat Councillor Colin Aitken resigns from Highland Council


By Scott Maclennan

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Colin Aitken – Scottish Liberal Democrats
Colin Aitken – Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Councillor Colin Aitken has resigned from Highland Council having first been elected in 2021.

It is understood the move is related to changes of employment and increased responsibility that are not compatible with his role as an elected member..

Cllr Aitken was first elected to the local authority in 2021 in the Inverness West by-election after the late deputy provost Graham Ross stood down.

Election Count May 2022: Colin Aitken, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Andrew Sinclair, Scottish Conservative and Unionist, Ken Gowans, Scottish National Party and Duncan Macpherson, Independent. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Election Count May 2022: Colin Aitken, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Andrew Sinclair, Scottish Conservative and Unionist, Ken Gowans, Scottish National Party and Duncan Macpherson, Independent. Picture: James Mackenzie.

He then stood again in the 2022 local government elections in the Inverness South ward and was duly elected again.

The departure of Cllr Aitken presents an interesting scenario as the ward is in the heart of the new Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire constituency that is currently represented by MPs Drew Hendry and Ian Blackford.

If the by-election is held prior to the general election then it could provide an interesting bell-weather about voting intention for Westminster.


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