Council Election 17

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The most comprehensive coverage of the 2017 Local Council elections in Moray are right here – and to make things even easier for our readers. this page contains links to every feature we publish in the build-up to May 4.


insideMoray posts relating to Election 2017

Tories strengthen their hand with Elgin City North by-election victory

THE MORAY COUNCIL Conservative and Independent administration will return after their summer recess in a stronger position following the election of Maria McLean this morning. The wife of Elgin City
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Education and Transport tops the bill for Elgin by-election candidates

COME FRIDAY THIS WEEK the full shape of Moray Council will be known as Elgin City North will have gone to the polls 24 hours earlier to fill the gap
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Postal ballots ready for delivery in Elgin City North

VOTERS IN ELGIN City North who have chosen to cast their votes by post should receive their ballot packs on Saturday. There will be over 1830 postal votes issued on
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Community Council call by-election candidates to Hustings

A BY-ELECTION HUSTINGS is to be hosted by the Elgin Community Council to allow voters to meet the candidates ahead of the Elgin City North by-election on July 13. The
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SNP stalwart hopes to grasp second chance at Council chamber

ONE OF THE LEADING lights in the SNP group at the Moray Council who lost her place in the recent local government elections is hoping to be back next month.
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Four to contest Elgin City North by-election

FOUR CANDIDATES ARE set to contest the Elgin City North by-election on July 13. At the deadline for submissions today it was revealed that Patsy Gowans (SNP) and independent Terry
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Labour go for Nick Taylor in Elgin North by-election

MORAY LABOUR PARTY has revealed their candidate contesting the Elgin City North by-election on July 13. Nick Taylor will contest the seat vacated by the resignation of Sandy Cooper just
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Conservatives reveal their candidate for Elgin City North

THE FIRST CANDIDATE contesting the council by-election in the Elgin City North ward has been named as Maria McLean – who is the wife of Elgin City South councillor Ray
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Independence, Fisheries and Defence top the bill in Moray BBC debate

THE GENERAL ELECTION campaign returned to the stage at the weekend following several days of silence in respect for the victims of the Manchester atrocity. For Moray, that led to
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Battle rejoined for Elgin council seat with nominations open

ANYONE WISHING TO join in the race for the vacant Elgin City North ward seat on the Moray Council can pick up nomination papers from today. The vacancy left by
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New Moray Council eases into position with little fuss

BUSINESS FINALLY OPENED at Moray Council a week later than planned this morning – with no major hiccups as the Conservative and Independent administration took control. As predicted, Conservative leader
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Editorial: Fears growing that Education will indeed be Moray's battle ground

WHILE PROSPECTIVE NEW leaders of the Moray Council remained tight-lipped last night a picture is emerging of the new administration that will strike fear for many parents of school-age children.
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SNP dismay at rejection of 'serious proposals' on Council leadership

THE SNP GROUP at Moray Council have been expressing their ‘extreme disappointment’ at the decision by six independent councillors to team up with the Conservative group in forming a Council
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Conservative and Independent alliance for Moray Council

MORAY COUNCILS ADMINISTRATION is to be formed on Wednesday by the eight Conservative and six of the Independent councillors. The 14-strong administration, should it hold firm, would be sufficient to
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Council 'gang of five' take the initiative in power games

THE FIVE FORMER members of the Moray Council’s last Administration group who could hold the balance in the formation of a new leadership have issued an “eleventh hour” offer. A
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Tories respond to calls for an end to 'futile adversarial opposition'

INDEPENDENT MORAY COUNCILLORS who are determined to remain non-alligned to any political party have been hitting out at the failure of any group to create an administration. Speaking for the
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SNP group seeking answers - but not with Tory councillors

THE SNP GROUP will continue to talk with Independent and Labour members at Moray Council – but still refuse to consider discussions with the Conservative group. Following the adjournment of
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First Moray Council meeting lasts just three minutes

MORAY COUNCIL FORMALLY opened – and adjourned inside three minutes this morning for the first meeting of the Full Council. No agreement has been reached in the formation of an
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Council Administration deadlock continues as key members keep talking

NEWLY ELECTED INDEPENDENT councillors will meet today in the hope of reaching a decision that would avoid the first Full Council meeting lasting more than just a few minutes. The
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Deadlocked councillors must cast aside general election

AN INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR has hit out at the refusal of the two main political groups in the newly elected Moray Council to talk to each other. Councillor George Alexander was
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By-Election date is set for Elgin City North ward

A DATE HAS been set for the Moray Council by-election for the Elgin City North ward brought about by the surprise resignation of Cllr Sandy Cooper. Councillor Cooper quit just
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SNP pledge to 'contest to win' Elgin seat after shock resignation

THE SNP WILL FIGHT to return former Elgin City North Councillor Patsy Gowans to the chamber after the shock announcement from Councillor Sandy Cooper on Wednesday. Councillor Cooper quit just
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Council power struggle could see three 'True Independents'

MORAY’S NEWLY ELECTED Councillors were locked in talks over who will form an administration for the next five years. The nine-strong SNP group invited Independent and Labour councillors to a
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Editorial: Council bargaining begins with all to play for

IN MY PRE-LOCAL ELECTION Editorial back at the end of January I got a few things wrong – but I’m pleased to say overall my summation of what we might
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Joint leaders as SNP make first Council power moves

THE MORAY COUNCIL SNP group has appointed joint leaders as they move into negotiations over who will lead the local authority for the next five years. On a dramatic day
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Election17: The Eagle has Landed - Tories crushing 'eightsome reel'

THE SHOCKED FACE on new Conservative councillor for Buckie, Tim Eagle, perhaps summed up a remarkable day for his party in Moray. Not in their own wildest dreams did the
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Moray lays claim to the most unusual polling station

MORAY ELECTION STAFF were left with a highly embarrassing situation this morning when they arrived at a designated polling station – to find they could not gain entry. So as
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Outgoing councillor reveals the perils of 'success' at polls

AN OUTGOING MORAY COUNCILLOR has revealed some of the stark realities facing the new crop of elected members on his final day in office. Independent Heldon & Laich councillor Chris Tuke
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Election17: Outgoing independent gives backing to Green candidate

THEY ARE MORE used to throwing as much mud at each other as possible – so when an Independent Councillor decides to recommend voters follow a party political candidate, you
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Election17: Universally Polite - Walter Wilson, Speyside/Glenlivet

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Election17: Sweeping Changes - James Mackessack-Leitch, Heldon & Laich

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Election17: Stronger Council - Tim Eagle, Buckie

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Election17: Pressing Issues - Nick Taylor, Elgin City North

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Election17: Proven Record - John Cowe, Heldon and Laich

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Poll before the poll idea launched by Fochabers election candidate

AS WE MOVE into the last week of canvassing for the local council elections former Labour councillor Sean Morton continues to seek new ways of reaching out to voters. Mr
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Council show how not to get lost on Polling Day

AN ONLINE RESOURCE has been developed by Moray Council that is aimed at guiding people to the correct polling station on May 4. The online tool provides a search facility
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Election17: Q&A on how the voting process works

SEVERAL READERS HAVE contacting insideMoray recently and confessing that they are keen to take part in the Council elections on May 4 – but, actually, don’t really understand what is
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Election17: Call for 'rainbow coalition' for the good of all

MORAY COUNCILLORS ELECTED on May 4 should seek to form a ‘Rainbow Coalition’, laying aside all past differences and working together for the good of the region. That is the
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Postal voters in Moray urged to return papers quickly

THOSE CHOOSING TO use postal voting for the forthcoming local council elections on May 4 are being urged to send in their completed papers as soon as possible. Around 20%
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Editorial: Education emerging as a 'hot' issue in Moray

EDUCATION IS EMERGING as one of the main topics in the fight for seats on the Moray Council on May 4. While Forres Independent candidate and former teacher George Alexander
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Election17: Getting it Right - Marc Macrae, Fochabers/Lhanbryde

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Election17: Accessible - Graham Leadbitter, Elgin City South

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Election17: Speyside voters invited to Hustings event

SPEYSIDE AREA FORUM is to provide an opportunity for local council voters to meet all four prospective candidates for the two available ward places. The ‘Meet the Candidates’ event is
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Election17: Education and Community: Derek Ross, Speyside/Glenlivet

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Election17: Understanding Challenges - Gordon Cowie, Buckie

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Election17: Moray Greens publish their Council manifesto

THE GREEN PARTY in Moray has issued their own local manifesto for the forthcoming council elections on May 4. Entitled “Fair, Local, Democratic – Green”, the document sets out the
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Election17: No Illusions - Billy Adams, Elgin City North

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Election17: Morton calls for end to political differences

COUNCILLORS SHOULD LAY aside all political differences for the general good of Moray when voters have made their decision on May 4. That is the view being expressed by Fochabers/Lhanbryde
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Election17: Principled Councillors - Fabio Villani, Forres

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Election17: Local Issues - Aaron McLean, Forres

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Election2017: Because I Care - Rob Barsby, Keith & Cullen

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Election17: Compassion - Shona Morrison, Fochabers/Lhanbryde

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Election17: Morton calls for a halt to Indyref2 plans

AS SNP MSPs appealed for support from European politicians for Indyref2 this week a Moray councillor seeking re-election has hit out at their plans. SNP MSPs met with a group
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Public war of words sinks Election into murky waters

A WAR OR WORDS has broken out in Moray following comments attributed to a Scottish Conservative candidate for Keith and Cullen. Donald Gatt, a former UKIP candidate who is fighting
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Election17: Teaching Concerns - Paula Coy, Elgin City North

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Election17: Internet Essential - Dave Bremner, Fochabers/Lhanbryde

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Election17: Caring Community Spirit - Louise Laing, Speyside Glenlivet

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Election17: Moray Labour release their manifesto

THE MORAY LABOUR PARTY has released their manifesto ahead of the local council elections on May 4. With just two candidates contesting seats in Elgin City North and Elgin City
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Election17: Time for Change - Theresa Coull, Keith & Cullen

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Election17: Education No.1 - Patsy Gowans, Elgin City North

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Election17: United and Dedicated - Iain Grieve, Keith & Cullen

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Election17: Communities First - Ian Taylor, Fochabers/Lhanbryde

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Election17: Significant Change - Angus Anderson, Speyside Glenlivet

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Week left to ensure you can vote on May 4

PEOPLE IN MORAY are being reminded that they have just a week remaining to ensure that they can vote in the local elections on May 4. They are also being
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Election17: Taxing Questions - John Mitchell, Heldon & Laich

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Election17: Local issues come first - Raymond McLean, Elgin City South

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Election17: Retaining Schools - Sean Morton (Fochabers/Lhanbryde)

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Election Hustings call for Fochabers/Lhanbryde voters

VOTERS IN THE FOCHABERS/LHANBRYDE ward are being offered an opportunity to quiz candidates seeking election to Moray Council next month. A Hustings has been organised by Milne’s Area Forum for
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Election17: The Final Countdown - George Alexander (Forres)

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Meet the Candidates - Fochabers/Lhanbryde, Kenneth Gillespie

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SNP launch their vision for Moray's future

THE SNP IN MORAY are promising a change of direction that would see greater cooperation with neighbouring local authorities should they form emerge as the ruling party in May’s local
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Community Council to host Hustings for Elgin candidates

VOTERS IN ELGIN will have an opportunity to put their candidates to public examination with a Hustings being organised by the local Community Council. The City and Royal Burgh of
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Feature: Meet the Candidates - Elgin City North, Frank Brown

All individual candidates or political groups contesting the forthcoming local council elections in Moray are invited to state their case through the pages of our community news site – contact for
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Outgoing councillor pays tribute to his political opponents

Individuals and political groups contesting the forthcoming local council elections in Moray have been invited to state their case through the pages of our community news site – contact [email protected]
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SNP provide details on their election line-up for Elgin

THE MORAY SNP GROUP have revealed details of their candidates for the two Elgin wards in the forthcoming local council elections. Three candidates were included at Wednesday’s 4pm nomination deadline
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Feature: Meet the Candidates: Beware SNP Power Grab

Individuals and political groups contesting the forthcoming local council elections in Moray have been invited to state their case through the pages of our community news site – contact [email protected]
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Feature: Meet the candidates - Billy Adams (Elgin City North)

insideMoray has extended an opportunity to all candidates in the May local council elections to state their hopes and plans for the next five years should they be elected. Today
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45 Candidates to battle it out for 26 Council places

A TOTAL OF 45 candidates have put their names forward for election to Moray Council on May 4. At the close of nominations today the full list was published by
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Former Labour councillor launches his Independent bid

FOCHABERS/LHANBRYDE COUNCILLOR Sean Morton has pledged to continue serving his constituents in the ‘challenging times ahead’ if he is re-elected. Councillor Morton was elected as a Labour representative in 2012
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Council battle is hotting up as several show their hand

LESS THAN 24 hours before the nomination deadline for the 2017 local council elections in Moray several more well known and new candidates have revealed they will run. The four
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Liberal Democrat candidates to contest Moray elections

A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE has been announced to contest the Heldon and Laich ward in May’s local authority elections. John Mitchell will contest the ward taking to four the number
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SNP pitch in two for battle in Fochabers/Lhanbryde ward

TWO MORE SNP members have been revealed as candidates for the Fochabers/Lhanbryde ward in May’s local government elections. Fochabers resident Shona Morrison and Garmouth man David Bremner will contest the ward
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Independent sets his sights on a Council seat

A WELL KNOWN and respected Lossiemouth man has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate in May’s local council elections. Ryan Edwards has declared his intention to run
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Feature: Future is not all doom and gloom for Moray

A Conservative Moray Council candidate for the Elgin City South ward at the forthcoming Elections, Ray McLean pens this for insideMoray in an attempt to point out that all is
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Time running out for future councillors as SNP name two

PROSPECTIVE FUTURE COUNCILLORS are being reminded that they have until Wednesday to lodge their nomination papers for the May poll. Nominations must be submitted at the elections office by 4pm
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Council election candidate nomination papers made available

ANYONE WISHING TO challenge for a place on the Moray Council in May’s elections can now obtain the required nomination packs from the local authority. Prospective candidates will need to
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Two SNP candidates named to contest Keith ward

TWO MORE MORAY SNP candidates have been unveiled to contest the Keith and Cullen ward in May’s local council elections. Deskford man Iain Grieve, a customer services advisor with Moray
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Forres candidate takes early note of local issues

A TORY CANDIDATE seeking election to Moray Council from the Forres ward has said that she has already revealed local issues that would demand attention. Claire Feaver is the Conservative
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SNP begin candidate roll-out with Buckie pair seeking re-election

THE MORAY SNP group have begun rolling out their candidates for May’s local council elections be confirming two of their sitting councillors will seek re-election. Buckie councillors Gordon McDonald and
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Election hopefuls urged to find out what is expected

MORAY COUNCIL ARE urging prospective candidates for the forthcoming local elections in May to book a place on their information session being held this weekend. The local authority has said
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Greens announce second candidate as Villani enters the race

MORAY GREENS WILL believe that they have a very real opportunity to make a breakthrough into the Moray Council chamber as the popular Fabio Villani has decided to throw his
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Tory opponents speak out in support of dumped SNP candidate

TORY CANDIDATES CONTESTING for places in the new Moray Council in May have been expressing their shock on learning that prospective SNP candidates have been blocked because of their Brexit
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Snub for SNP candidates putting heart before party

A DEBATE OVER the priorities for potential local councillors has broken out in both Moray and Aberdeenshire as two potential SNP candidates have been spurned for not obeying orders. In
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Moray Greens get their bid for Council up and running

THE RACE FOR COUNCIL places in the local elections in Moray this May took another turn this week with the declaration of intent from the Moray Greens. It came in
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Feature: Moray is not alone in making difficult choices

Talking Numbers – our columnist Tim Eagle looks at the enormous task facing Moray Council – and every local authority in Scotland. He attempts to put some sense into the
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Feature: Forres councillor on why he is prepared to stand again

Yesterday we reported that Forres councillor George Alexander was preparing to run again in May – despite the difficulties facing Moray.  Today, we are please to publish Councillor Alexander’s full statement
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Councillor to seek election on school closure platform

THE FIRST CURRENTLY SERVING Moray Councillor to declare that he will seek re-election will do so on a platform of school closures. Forres independent councillor George Alexander has been no
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Would-be councillors urged to attend information session

MORAY’S ELECTION RETURNING OFFICER is encouraging residents to learn more about serving their communities before bidding to become Councillors. May’s elections will bring the largest ever shake-up of representation in
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Feature: Trying to make sense of the Council muddy waters

Opinion: The Editor attempts to bring some early speculative clarity to the forthcoming Council election that will see over half of the 26 places being taken up by new faces.
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