Former vice finance chief of Edinburgh council who quit the role last year amid expenses row could be reinstated tomorrow

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Cllr Lezley Marion CameronControversial Labour councillor Lezley Marion Cameron could be reinstated as Vice Finance Convener of Edinburgh City Council tomorrow.At a Labour council group Annual General Meeting tonight, Cllr Cameron, who stood unopposed, was unanimously elected to be the Labour-SNP coalition’s nominee for Vice Finance Convener.Tomorrow at a full council meeting all councillors will vote to either elect Cllr Cameron or a challenger from a rival party, should they step forward, to the role.Cllr Cameron resigned from her position as the council’s Vice Finance Convener in October last year, after it emerged that she had expensed £1,500 in taxi journeys to the council between 2017 – 2019.Sign up to our daily newsletterThe i newsletter cut through the noiseTaxpayers footed the bill for 80 separate trips in the space of a year, including more than 50 to or from her home address.However, Cllr Cameron says that she has paid back the cost of all personal taxi journeys, which she maintains amounted to two trips totalling £35 in fares.She said: “The reason I’m suited to this role is because I consistently speak up for Edinburgh, my constituents and my ward. I was the economic convener in 1999 so I have …

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