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Blow for council as candidates quit

posted 16 Oct 2011, 14:14 by David Rintoul   [ updated 16 Oct 2011, 14:18 ]

The two main opposition groups in Edinburgh have been hit by the late withdrawal of candidates set to fight May’s local elections.

Tory councillor Gordon Buchan announced to his group that he will stand down after the current council term on the night that his re- election was expected to be rubber-stamped, causing a decision on the candidate for his Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart ward to be delayed.

And the Labour group has also been hit by the late withdrawal of Ian Sullivan little over a week after he was selected to contest the Craigentinny/ Duddingston seat in place of former council leader Ewan Aitken.