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Two Aberdeenshire Council by-elections being held

Ian Gray Image copyright Aberdeenshire Council
Image caption Ian Gray died in August

Two Aberdeenshire Council by-elections are being held.

Voters are being asked to choose a new councillor in the Banff and District ward, to replace SNP councillor Ian Gray, who died in August.

And the second by-election, in Inverurie and District, was triggered by the council's former co-leader, independent Martin Kitts Hayes, standing down.

Votes will be counted in Inverurie on Friday.

Mr Kitts-Hayes had returned home early from a foreign conference because he was unhappy with his accommodation.

He said resulting personal abuse had put an "intolerable strain" on himself and his family.

Image copyright Aberdeenshire Council
Image caption Martin Kitts-Hayes returned from Denmark early

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