Sunday, 14 March 2010
Leader of the SNP Group in Glasgow City Council, Cllr James Dornan, has expressed his concern over continuing damaging allegations in the Sunday newspapers regarding the Labour Party in Glasgow, in the aftermath of Steven Purcell's resignation from the Council.
Following on from previous reports regarding drugs, and Mr Purcell's reported vulnerability to the pressure of blackmail, this weekend has brought fresh revelations that individuals, organisations and the Labour Party have reportedly benefited from the arms-length Glasgow Council construction company City Building.
Scotland on Sunday reports that: "An investigation into one of Purcell's initiatives - a construction quango called City Building - found that the wage bill for senior employees doubled in just two years. Some of those who benefited were Labour members closely allied to the former leader. The same quango also spent thousands of pounds on hospitality, including paying £2,000 for a table at a Labour party fundraiser where, among several Labour figures, it entertained Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray."
Similar allegations are also reported in today's Sunday Times.
Commenting, Cllr Dornan said: "These are extremely serious allegations, and it is high time the Labour Party told the people of Glasgow the truth.
"This drip drip of extremely serious allegations involving the Labour Party has cast a pall over the City Chambers.
"The people of Glasgow, and indeed the people of Scotland, deserve to know the whole truth about Labour's activities, but with every week that passes more questions emerge than answers."