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Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 11:33 GMT
New council leader voted in
Protest outside
The cuts drew fierce protests from local people
Scottish Borders Council has unanimously elected a new leader after the row over a 3.9m education overspend.

Hawick Provost John Scott, a Liberal Democrat, steps into the post vacated on Tuesday by Drew Tulley.

In his resignation speech, Mr Tulley said it was not a day for bitterness or recrimination but that people who had lost confidence in him would have to "live with their conscience".

He had been severely criticised by people angry at the council cutting services because of the overspend and came under fire from a Scottish Parliament committee.

Mr Tulley had been due to face a vote of no confidence at a full meeting of the authority on Wednesday, but he decided to quit before being voted out.

Special meeting

The council will hold a special meeting on 18 March to agree a new administration.

MSPs on the Education, Culture and Sport Committee spent five months investigating the funding crisis.

The committee report said it had come about as a result of an "inexcusable" lack of financial control, a lack of "robust internal structures" and leadership failures.

In response, the council said it agreed with all the report's recommendations and that action had been taken to prevent a similar situation occurring in future.

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"There were mixed emotions about Mr Tulley's resignation"
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05 Mar 02 | Scotland
Borders council leader quits
26 Feb 02 | Scotland
Council accepts budget crisis report
14 Feb 02 | Scotland
Council agrees to service cuts
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