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Councillor ejected from chamber

posted 26 Jun 2009, 05:19 by David Rintoul

A senior politician was ejected from a council meeting in Edinburgh yesterday after accusing the capital's leader of being "less than truthful".

Andrew Burns was forced to leave the main council chamber after being censured by the Liberal Democrat/SNP administration. He had accused Jenny Dawe of providing misleading information in a row over whether one of her colleagues had the right to attend a board meeting about a council-run company he had quit.

Development firm EDI has been plunged into chaos since it emerged it was to be amalgamated with several other of the council's companies, with EDI's chief executive, John Mark Di Ciacca, ousted.

However, opposition politicians claim the move was illegal because Gordon Mackenzie, the city's former finance leader, had resigned.

Ms Dawe was accused of being "less than truthful" by Mr Burns, who was urged to apologise immediately by the council leader for calling her a liar.

He declined several opportunities to apologise, triggering protests and some of the most ill-tempered exchanges to have been witnessed in the council chamber for years.

Source: Evening News

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