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GLASGOW STANDARDS BODY MEETS TO SET NEW RULES

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A new standards commission in City of Glasgow Council met for the first time this week in the wake of a widely publ...
A new standards commission in City of Glasgow Council met for the first time this week in the wake of a widely publicised Labour Party inquiry into the conduct of the city's political elite.

The commission, set up by new leader Frank McAveety, has been charged with establishing clear rules for councillors and employees and drawing up a code of conduct.

It consists of three outside experts in addition to nine Glasgow councillors: Professor Alan Alexander of the Scottish Local Authority Management Centre at Strathclyde University; Mark Irvine, head of local government for Unison Scotland; and Endell Laird, former editor in chief of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Mr McAveety said setting up the commission was 'a fulfilment of my commitment as new leader to set the highest standards for public life within Glasgow City Council'.

The Labour Party is now expected to make public at the end of this month the results of its investigation into six suspended councillors, including ex-leader Bob Gould and Lord Provost Pat Lally.

In the meantime, Mr McAveety is trying to win agreement for a radical restructuring of the council, its 80-plus committees and 21 departments.

He is understood to have set his target at streamlining the council to between 10 and 13 departments.

His predecessor, Mr Gould, last year succeeded in brokering a deal with unions to cut the number of departments to seven but was later unable to get the proposal past the Labour group.

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