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Dumfries and Galloway councillor Graeme Tait resigns

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image captionGraeme Tait, centre, won the Annandale North seat for the Conservatives in November 2012

A Dumfries and Galloway councillor who switched to Labour after being elected as a Conservative has resigned.

Graeme Tait won a by-election in the Annandale North ward in November 2012.

He quit the Conservative group 10 months later prompting the collapse of its ruling coalition with the SNP.

He joined Labour in March 2014 but has now resigned. He had not attended a council meeting since April which meant he could have automatically lost his position in October.

Mr Tait was elected following the death of Annandale North Labour councillor Ted Brown, who died in September 2012 after taking ill and collapsing at a council meeting.

'Loss of confidence'

He promised at the time to continue his hard work with Conservative ward colleagues to get the "best deal" for the area.

However, within a year he was one of a group of councillors who left that group due to a "loss of confidence" in then leader Ivor Hyslop.

After that he joined the Labour group saying its "policies and values" better reflected his own.

He had not attended a council meeting since April, meaning he was close to falling foul of a six-month rule which would have seen him cease to be a councillor.

He confirmed on Twitter that he had resigned with immediate effect to "concentrate on his career".

It will mean another by-election in the Annandale North ward at a date to be confirmed.

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