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Benefits fraud Inverness councillor John Holden resigns

John Holden
Image caption John Holden had represented Inverness South for Labour

Highland councillor John Holden, who was jailed for benefits fraud, has resigned.

Holden was jailed for a year last month after being found guilty of falsely claiming £43,000 in benefits.

The 63-year-old, who had represented Inverness South for Labour, denied the charges.

Holden sought release from prison while he prepared his appeal but Lady Smith sitting at the High Court last month refused to grant bail.

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