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SNP councillor set to resign from party

A controversial SNP councillor is to resign from the party after he learned he would not be able to stand for it again.

Alan O'Brien had been a member of the main SNP opposition group on North Lanarkshire Council.

However, he failed the party's assessment programme and therefore was not eligible to stand for the SNP at next year's council elections.

An SNP spokeswoman said the party did not comment on internal procedures.

Mr O'Brien had earlier been investigated after a number of complaints were made to party headquarters.

One allegation was that he had used an offensive term about gay people in a conversation with another councillor from his own party.

BBC Scotland has been unable to reach either Mr O'Brien or the leader of the SNP group on the council for comment.

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