Standards Commission orders hearing into Hawick councillor Alastair Cranston

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Scottish Borders Councillor Alastair Cranston is to face a full hearing before the Standards Commission for Scotland over claims he’s breached the Code of Conduct set down for councillors.

He’s already been probed by the the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life (CES) who decided to refer the claims to the commission.

The allegations were discussed by the Standards Commission last week who could have shelved the case, asked the CES to make further investigations or hold to hold their own hearing.

Their decision to mount a hearing into the issues raised against the councillor was made public today.

The councillor for the Hawick and Denholm ward had been told by the CES that he had breached guidelines laid down for councillors.

The section of the code under which he is being investigated relates to declaration of business interests of financial and non-financial matters.

A date for the hearing hasn’t been fixed but will will be held at the headquarters of Scottish Borders Council at Newtown St Boswells.

Sanctions include being removed from office and disqualification from council duties for a year