Highlands & Islands

By-election date set after John Holden fraud conviction

A date has been set for a by-election following a Highland councillor's conviction for benefits fraud.

John 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 and is to appeal.

Nominations for his seat in the ward will be available from 26 September and the polling will take place on 3 November.

The three other councillors in the four-member ward are Jim Crawford, Roy Pedersen and Thomas Prag.

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