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Moray Council leader Allan Wright resigns over school vote

The leader of Moray Council has announced his resignation from the post after councillors agreed a five-year moratorium on the closure of schools.

Allan Wright said the result of the controversial vote made his position as leader untenable.

He believed "tough but necessary decisions" had needed to be taken.

Councillors rejected an independent report which recommended shutting up to 10 local primary schools and Milne's High School in Fochabers.

The proposals had been debated for about three hours on Monday.

Last Sunday, hundreds of people had turned out at a protest rally over plans to close Milne's High School.

It was followed by pupils and parents marching in Elgin against plans to merge Findochty Primary School with another school in Portknockie, Portessie or Cullen.

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