Travel disruption and power cuts remain after Storm Deirdre, with warnings over localised flooding to come.
A fellow Tory stood down earlier this year prompting the vote for the Dumfries and Galloway authority.
The local authority in the Scottish Borders is told it would generate funds to help support services.
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Dunfermline Athletic failed to make their dominance count as they fought out a goalless draw away to Queen of the South.
The matches at Stranraer, Berwick Rangers, Peterhead and Stirling Albion are called off as sleet and snow are forecast for parts of Scotland.
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