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SNP councillor suspended after ‘fracas’ at conference 

Lewis Ritchie will face a disciplinary hearing in front of party officials over the allegations.

Lewis Ritchie: Has been absent from council since November (file pic).
Lewis Ritchie: Has been absent from council since November (file pic).

An SNP councillor has been suspended from the party over allegations of a “fracas” at a party conference.

Lewis Ritchie, Edinburgh City Council’s former planning convener, has been on a “leave of absence” due to health reasons since November.

However, the SNP confirmed on Thursday the Leith councillor has been suspended following a complaint.

He will now face a disciplinary hearing in front of party officials.

Holyrood Magazine report the complaint relates to “an alleged fracas” at the party’s conference in Glasgow in October, just weeks before Mr Ritchie stepped aside from his duties.

An SNP spokesman said: “A complaint has been passed to the disciplinary committee and Cllr Ritchie is under administrative suspension until a hearing takes place.”

Mr Ritchie was elected to represent the Leith Walk ward following a by-election in 2015, and voted in as planning convener in June last year.

He was nominated in the local politician category at the 2017 Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards, losing out to Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing.


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