Senior planning councillor ousted following Moray school closure row
Council convener Stewart Cree said Douglas Ross had 'no wish' to work with the Tory-led administration.
A senior politician has been ousted from Moray Council's ruling administration following a high-profile row over school closures.
Council convener Stewart Cree said Conservative councillor Douglas Ross had "no wish" to work with the Tory-led coalition administration.
Moray councillors, including Mr Ross, voted 16 to eight against controversial plans to close up to eleven schools across the region on Tuesday.
The decision led to the resignation of Conservative council leader Allan Wright. Mr Wright said the decision to impose a five-year moratorium school closures was a "missed opportunity".
On Friday, Mr Ross told STV News: "The letter [from Mr Cree] states that I have not been supporting the administration and actively canvassing against them.
"I don’t agree with what they’ve said because the administration basically does not have any policies.
"Councillors always accept what the chief executive and corporate directors tell them and I’m not prepared to do that."
It is understood Mr Ross is could now be removed from his position as chairman of the council’s planning and regulatory services and police and fire and rescue services committees.
Mr Ross, who will continue to represent the Fochabers-Lhanbryde ward and remains a member of the council’s Conservative group, has been a member of the administration since he was elected in 2012.
He was also a member of the previous council administration following election in 2007, but resigned from in December 2009 over a disagreement with the council’s decisions.
Feedback: We want your feedback on our site. If you've got questions, spotted an inaccuracy or just want to share some ideas about our news service, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates: Would you like STV’s latest news update in your inbox every morning? Choose from our range of regular e-newsletters here