Aberdeen’s embattled Depute Provost returned to his committee duties yesterday.
Torry and Ferryhill Conservative councillor Alan Donnelly took part in yesterday’s meeting of the city’s licensing board.
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Allegations have surfaced claiming that Mr Donnelly sexually harassed a man at a civic reception last November.
Police are investigating the claims.
Mr Donnelly has been suspended by the Scottish Conservatives and city council Tory group leader Douglas Lumsden has suspended him from carrying out his civic duties in his Depute Provost role while the probe is conducted.
However, Mr Lumsden has revealed that should the investigation not be concluded in March then Mr Donnelly will be permanently removed from his post.
Mr Lumsden said: “The next full council meeting is on March 4 and if these allegations are not cleared up by then, we would look to replace him as Depute Provost.
“This in no way means that councillor Donnelly is guilty or anything. Everyone is innocent until proven otherwise.”
Opposition SNP group leader Stephen Flynn has previously called for Mr Donnelly to also be suspended from the Conservative group on the council.