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GLASGOW UNVEILS PLANS FOR STANDARDS

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City of Glasgow Council this week unveiled proposals for a new code of conduct for its members which it hopes could...
City of Glasgow Council this week unveiled proposals for a new code of conduct for its members which it hopes could become a blueprint for councils across Scotland.

Frank McAveety, who gained the council leadership last year following allegations of impropriety among Labour members, this week published a draft code drawn up by a 'standards commission' of members and outside experts.

The commission has also recommended that the council set up a standards committee to investigate any complaints against members, deal with breaches of the code and consider special internal audit reports where there is evidence of misconduct.

Revealing the council's plans for public consultation, Mr McAveety welcomed Scottish secretary Donald Dewar's announcement last week that there would be a national code of conduct for Scottish councils with new procedures to deal with breaches.

'We will be looking at any proposals for legislation and working with the government on that to ensure the highest standards are in place for councils,' he said.
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