Highlands & Islands

Youngest councillor Alex MacLeod charged over election expenses

Highland Council's youngest member has resigned from the SNP group after he was charged by police over what are understood to be allegations about his election expenses.

Alex MacLeod was elected as a councillor in May when he was aged 19. He is now 20.

He had been Gaelic spokesman for the SNP-led administration.

SNP group leader Drew Hendry said Mr MacLeod had stood down while he dealt with a legal matter.

A spokesman for Northern Constabulary said: "A 20-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with alleged offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 and related offences."

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