THE deputy provost of Inverness has quit in a “chaingate” row with the provost.
Councillor Glynis Sinclair unexpectedly handed in her resignation last night following the fallout with Provost Alex Graham.
She has made a complaint to Northern Constabulary alleging the Lib Dem councillor behaved aggressively toward her at a reception in the Town House earlier this month.
It is claimed he challenged her for wearing a ceremonial chain against protocol.
Ms Sinclair, the SNP representative for Culloden and Ardersier, has also made three separate unofficial complaints within Highland Council about alleged “bullying behaviour” of Provost Graham.
Although she is giving up her deputy provost role, she will continue as a councillor.
Ms Sinclair, who left the Lib Dems and joined the SNP in 2011, said she was rebuked by Mr Graham for wearing the ceremonial chain normally worn by the provost’s wife, who was not at the event.
She claimed it was about party politics and said: “He spoke to me like I was something on the sole of his shoe.”
“He wouldn’t give me a chance to speak. I‘ve never experienced anything like it in my life.”
A Highland Council spokesman said they had not received any formal complaint from Ms Sinclair.
He confirmed she had resigned her position as deputy provost, but added: “The council was not involved in an investigation in relation to this issue.”
Mr Graham, who represents Inverness West, said: “I do not wish to comment on her resignation or the allegations she has made.”