Gordon Leslie, Lib Dem councillor for Bridge of Don on Aberdeen City Council, has been suspended after planning to stand as an independent against his now former Lib Dem colleagues.
Mr Leslie was arrested and charged in February under the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 for loitering in the city’s harbour area – a well known red light district – found guilty and fined £200 in May of this year.
Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor John Stewart said: “Councillor Leslie has been suspended from the Liberal Democrat group with immediate effect. It should have been clear that his conviction would have a bearing when the matter of approval came up. But rather than accept the decision of his local party, he has sought to sit as an independent in opposition to former colleagues. There was no alternative but to suspend Councillor Leslie.”
Mr Leslie has yet to comment.