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Vote set for 'disqualified' seat

Gerard O'Brien
Mr O'Brien was removed from office earlier this month

A by-election to replace disqualified Stirling councillor Gerard O'Brien will take place next month.

The Labour politician was banned from office for 18 months by the Standards Commission on 5 March for breaching the Councillors Code of Conduct.

Voters in the Bannockburn ward will be invited to choose his replacement on 30 April.

The date was announced by Stirling Council's returning officer Keith Yates.

Mr Yates said: "In order to ensure the people of Bannockburn and the Eastern Villages are fully represented on Stirling Council as soon as possible, I have decided to set the date for the Bannockburn by-election for Thursday, 30 April."

Polling will take place between 0700 and 2200 BST in Fallin, Plean, Bannockburn and Cowie.

The SNP-controlled council currently has seven SNP members, seven Labour members, four conservatives and three Liberal Democrat members.

The Nationalists seized control of the local authority in March last year following a vote of no confidence in the ruling Labour group.

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