A TORY councillor who insisted he could continue in his role despite spending most of his time in Dubai has resigned.

Brett Hunt, the local representative for Bridge of Don in Aberdeen, spoke to The National in February to defend his position on Aberdeen City Council having not attended any official meetings since September.

At that time, Hunt was in the middle east on "secondment" from his job as a general manager for oil and gas firm, National Oilwell Varco.

The former soldier shared photographs of him out on his speed boat, trying his hand at windsurfing and enjoying cocktails at exclusive resorts while in Dubai.

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He has now written to Aberdeen City Council chief executive Angela Scott informing her of his decision to quit.

The SNP's Sandy Stuart, 68, who also represented the Bridge of Don, died on Wednesday night.

No by-election date has yet been set.

Speaking in February, Hunt told The National that being away from home was part of the job when you worked in oil and gas: "Like many who work in the sector know, it's not uncommon to travel with work.”

SNP councillor Stephen Flynn said the Tory’s constituents were referring to their long-distance representative as the “Councillor for the Bridge of Dubai”.