Borders' coalition deal is hit by 'bust-up'
A COUNCIL coalition has suffered its first fall-out hours after the Tory group leader was accused of pushing an Independent councillor off his chair.
Councillor Dave Paterson has now pulled out of the power-sharing deal between Independents, Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives in Scottish Borders Council, after the alleged altercation with Carolyn Riddell-Carre, the Tory group leader.
The coalition lasted less than 24 hours before Mr Paterson, a former Scottish amateur boxing champion, made his exit.
Four other Independent councillors have said that they will stick with the deal.
The alleged incident happened during a training seminar at the council's headquarters in Newtown St Boswells
It has resulted in an official complaint being lodged with the council's chief executive.
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