On Thursday, Sir Muir held a press conference to kick off the review and introduce those selected to assist. He underlined that it was an independent Review and that the members of the research team did not 'have a predetermined view on climate change and climate science'.
Later the same day one of the selected members of the Review was forced to resign when it was shown he had already made a defence of the CRU team under investigation.
Now pressure is building up on Professor Boulton to resign for similar reasons. His public position on climate change issues is said to be at odds with the statements by Sir Muir Russell. A list of concerns about his independence can be found in this post on the Bishop Hill blog which also identified the information leading to the earlier resignation.
Another member of the Review team Professor Peter Clarke is also a local resident.
Update 13.2.10: The Scotsman has developed this story here. Further comments from an influential blog can be found here, here and here.
Correction 15.2.10: Professor Peter Clarke is Professor of Physics at the University of Edinburgh. The Department web page shows him as having an office at the King's Buildings which is within the ward. It is not known where he is resident.