Provost of Angus accused of bullying during council meeting

The provost of Angus has resigned after he berated a councillor to tears during a public meeting.

Brian Boyd said his behaviour “fell below his personal standards” after footage from the meeting, external showed him interrupting independent councillor Lois Speed, who was preparing to ask a question during a full council meeting last month.

Mr Boyd was accused of being a “verbal bully” by a fellow councillor after the footage emerged.

In the video, Ms Speed is seen attempting to ask a question, first saying there had been “key themes today in terms of local democracy”.

Mr Boyd then interrupts, stands and reads out the council’s policy on standing orders before asking a shaken Ms Speed: “Have I made myself clear?”

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