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CONTROVERSIAL GLASGOW LEADER OUSTED BY LABOUR REBELLION

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The leader of Scotland's largest council has been ousted from power by members of his group....
The leader of Scotland's largest council has been ousted from power by members of his group.

Glasgow City Council leader Charlie Gordon (Lab), one of the most outspoken figures in Scottish local government, was told by his colleagues he would be defeated if he stood for re-election as group leader.

Favourite to take over is modernising education convener Steven Purcell (Lab).

Mr Gordon, who now intends to seek election to the Scottish Parliament, said he had privately decided to stand down next year.

'I went on record last year that the 'shelf life' of any leader is around seven years,' he said.

'But, inevitably, there has been speculation as to my successor and while I feel I could have retained the support of the majority of our Labour group for one more year, I recognise that the speculation would have continued throughout the year - to the detriment of the administration, the council and the city.'

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