Decision due on Cranston case

Councillor Alastair Cranston
Councillor Alastair Cranston

Hawick Councillor Alastair Cranston may face further investigation over allegations he used his role as a councillor to further his own business interests.

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life (CES) has forwarded the findings of the initial investigation to the Standards Commisssion for Scotland who could now drop the case, order further investigations or hold a hearing into the matter.

Mr Cranston confirmed to the Hawick News last week that he’d recieved a letter on July 16 informing him that he had breached the guidelines of what is deemed acceptable in public life.

The Standards Commission will make a decision within a week and in a statement released in the last few days, spokesperson Janie Louise McNeil said: “I can advise that the Standards Commission for Scotland is in receipt of a copy of the Report of the CES in respect of the above case and this was tabled for consideration at the monthly meeting of the commission which took place yesterday (Monday). The members of the commission made a decision on their next course of action; whether to take no further action in respect of the case, ask the CES to investigate further, or hold a hearing into the matter, and will inform the parties to the case of that decision within five working days.

“The decision of the Standards Commission is held in confidence until the respondent has received the documentation. The information is then added to Standards Commission for Scotland website.”

Mr Cranston said: “I will not comment until they decide what they are going to do.”