Glasgow Labour in freefall as councillor arrested
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Council chamberCouncillor's arrest just tip of corruption iceberg

Following on from the news that Glasgow Labour Councillor Gilbert Davidson has been arrested and charged for inappropriate behaviour towards other councillors, Sandra White MSP has highlighted the complete demise of the Labour majority council.

The news comes after eight months of constant decline for the failing administration, which has seen scandal after scandal and police investigation after police investigation.

Commenting, Glasgow SNP MSP Sandra White said: “Nothing really comes as a surprise now when it comes to Glasgow’s Labour Council. It seems that every second day a scandal appears in a newspaper.

“The abuse of power that has went on in the City is truly outrageous. From stealing taxpayers cash to allegations of cocaine use, the Labour Party have been milking the people of Glasgow for all they are worth.

“The Labour Party need to admit that there are wide-ranging and serious problems at its core, they must clean up their act, and stop taking the people of Glasgow for granted.

“For decades Labour politicians have been serving themselves instead of the people and now they are finally being found out.

“There is absolutely no doubt now that there must be a full independent investigation of the goings-on at Glasgow City Council."

Glasgow Labour Council’s Corruption Timeline

February 2010
Revelations about expenses at SPT force resignation of Chair Alistair Watson and Chief Executive Ron Culley.

March 2010
Steven Purcell resigns amid allegations of cocaine use.

SNP MP John Mason refers matters associated with recent events in Glasgow to the Strathclyde Police

Newspapers report that publicly owned City Building, set-up by Glasgow Council, has twice donated public cash to the Labour Party.

Strathclyde Police have asked the Crown Service and Procurator Fiscal for advice on whether to pursue a formal inquiry into contracts given out by City Building.

City Building pull out of Labour Party Spring Conference, where they had paid £9000 for a stall.  In all, City Building has spent £50,000 attending Labour conferences.

April 2010
Labour and Liberal Democrat members of Glasgow Council vote down SNP motion for an independent inquiry in Purcell affair – claiming there is a lack of specific allegations.

Sunday Times reports the Crown Office are in talks with the police concerning the possibility of an investigation into Purcell’s drug use while in office.  Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, the former Lord Advocate, said it was “astonishing” that the police and the Crown Office had not yet investigated.

Sunday Herald and News of the World report that convicted gangster Lewis ‘Scooby’ Rodden attended a fund raising dinner for Jim Murphy.  The dinner was organised by East Renfrewshire councillor Betty Cunningham – who confirmed that she was on first name terms with Rodden.

July 2010
Reports emerge that Councillor Ruth Black sold category A drugs inside the Glasgow City Chambers.

Ruth Black sacked by Labour over financial irregularities at the council-funded gay and lesbian centre run by her.

August 2010
Councillor Gilbert Davidson arrested and charged for alleged inappropriate behaviour towards fellow councillors.

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