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Council Leader extends offer to Edinburgh in a sign of closer co-operation and partnership. ...
Council Leader extends offer to Edinburgh in a sign of closer co-operation and partnership.

The leader of Glasgow City Council, Steven Purcell, has offered logistical support to the City of Edinburgh as the capital prepares for mass rallies on 2 and 6 July, ahead of the G8 conference of world leaders at Gleneagles.

Following a meeting with the leader of the City of Edinburgh, Donald Anderson, Mr Purcell has instructed council departments to be prepared to provide assistance if called upon by colleagues in Edinburgh.

Mr Purcell said: 'We are happy to provide support and, indeed, I have instructed the council to be on standby should our help be required.

'This is a great example of Glasgow providing support and partnership to our nearest neighbour - and we are happy to lend our expertise in public safety and event management if called upon.'

The level of support could include staff from land services and environmental protection services erecting barriers and assisting with public safety within the capital.

Mr Purcell added that Glasgow's focus remained on the Special Olympics Glasgow Great Britain Games - the UK's largest sporting event this year - and its opening ceremony at Celtic Park on 2 July.

He said: 'Understandably, we are committed to the Special Olympics, the 3,000 athletes, their carers and support staff. We cannot let these sporting heroes down - and we hope Glasgow and Scotland will get behind them and attend the opening ceremony, with Texas headlining, at Celtic Park.'

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