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Balfour steps down to spark leadership battle

posted 2 Oct 2012, 08:24 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 2 Oct 2012, 08:27 ]

The leader of the Edinburgh Conservatives has stood down from his post to take on a newly-created role scrutinising major issues such as the tram development and statutory repairs scandal.

Jeremy Balfour stepped down today to take up the chair of a new committee designed to cut down on wasting public cash, sparking a leadership battle within his own party.

A qualified solicitor and former church minister, the 45-year-old said the new 
governance, risk and best value committee would have wide-ranging powers to scrutinise areas which in the past have led to financial crises.

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