Standards watchdog: ‘complaint received’

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A PUBLIC watchdog has confirmed that it has received a complaint against two senior town councillors.

Fife Council leader, Peter Grant, and planning committee chairman, John Beare, have been accused of mistreating a fellow councillor, Kay Morrison, at a Glenrothes Area Committee meeting in October.

Both the Scottish National Party member deny the claims.

Alex Rowley, the leader of the Labour group on the Glenrothes-based local authority, made a complaint about the alleged incidents to council chief executive Ronnie Hinds.

Last month, the latter ruled that Cllr Morrison was “not verbally abused!”, but accepted she had been left “shaken” and reminded councillors of the need to observe proper standards of conduct during their meetings.

That judgement failed to satisfy Cllr Morrison and she said that she intended to take the matter further.

This week, a spokesman for the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland said: “I can confirm that we have received a complaint against councillors Peter Grant and John Beare of Fife Council.

“That is the broad nature of the allegation.

“It is not our practice to comment further until the commissioner concludes any enquiries/investigation.”